Lena Kaur: The Seven Acts of Mercy (RSC)

Date - 1 December, 2016, All News Opening Nights Press Nights

It’s Press Night of The RSC’s production of The Seven Acts of Mercy tonight at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, with Lena Kaur as Donna.

Naples, 1606. Inside an unfinished church, a painting is emerging from the darkness. The Seven Acts of Mercy is Caravaggio’s masterpiece – and his first painting since he killed a man and fled Rome. As the artist works, he is fuelled by anger, self-loathing and his driving need to create a work that speaks of compassion in a violent world.

Bootle, the present day. A retired dock worker teaches his grandson, as around them a community is disintegrating under the pressure of years of economic and political degradation. With all he has left, a book of great works of art, he tries to open the boy’s eyes to the tragedy and beauty of the life he faces. And the boy reciprocates in the only way he knows.

Playing out across a gap of 400 years, Anders Lustgarten’s visceral new play confronts the dangerous necessity of compassion, in a world where it is in short supply. Directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Wyman.

Overview

Lena’s most notable TV include: SPC Bryony, Happy Valley series 2, Prisoners Wives , Torchwood and Hollyoaks.

Lena theatre credits include: Myth, The Earthworks, Seven Acts of Mercy, The Rover and Two Noble Kinsmenall at The Royal Shakespeare Company. Treasure Island National Theatre,Thursday by Bryony Lavery for ETT, title role of Rubina for Birmingham Rep, The Skys the Limit at The Old Vic and most recently The last testament of Lillian Bilocca written by Maxine Peak for Hull Truck/ City Of Culture.

Lena’s writing credits include, Come To Where I’m From, Paines Plough and 'Are You That Girl off the Telly?’, Leicester Square and St James Theatre. She also contributed sketches for Scallywagga , BBC.

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