Hannah Edwards and Benedict Salter will star in Lone Flyer – The Last Flight of Amy Johnson at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury this October.
Directed by Watermill Associate Lucy Betts, Ade Morris’ powerful play about one of the most inspirational women of the twentieth century will see Edwards (Call The Midwife, The Great Gatsby Immersive LDN) take on the role of Amy Johnson, whilst Salter (Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Inspector Calls) will play a series of other roles.
A pioneering British aviator, Amy Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia. Setting many long-distance records in the 1930s, she died when her plane crashed into the Thames Estuary under dubious circumstances in the midst of world war II.
Lucy Betts said, “I’m delighted to be back at The Watermill directing Lone Flyer. We explore the life of a young woman overcoming the constraints placed upon her to achieve extraordinary things. Amy Johnson’s story of hope and adventure is a joy to tell at this unusual and unpredictable time.”
To ensure the safety of all, the production will be staged in a covid-secure auditorium, which has been reconfigured to allow for social distancing between audience members.
Seating bubbles will be able to accommodate groups of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, with all seats in a bubble purchased in one transaction. Social distancing between bubbles will be observed in the auditorium.
Audience members will be required to wear face masks. There are hand sanitiser stations, a one-way system for accessing the toilets and signage to indicate routes and procedures. To enhance audience safety, a fogging machine will be used to regularly sanitise all public areas at The Watermill, and to avoid recirculating air in the auditorium, the theatre will be heated before audience members arrive and then fresh air will be continuously fed through the theatre during performances.
Lone Flyer – The Last Flight of Amy Johnson runs from 22 October until 21 November at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury.