CHEQUERED FLAGS TO CHEQUERED FUTURES by Mark Wheeler
Chequered Flags to Chequered Futures is Mark Wheeler’s latest verbatim play. It tells the true story of Chris Gilfoy, the Rookies World Champion Banger Racer in 2000.
In 2006 Chris was being driven along a public road in a powerful BMW by a racing friend. She was thought to be driving at 90 mph in a 30 limit. They crashed into a wall. None were wearing seatbelts and, unknown to Chris, the driver was uninsured. The consequences for all three in the car were life changing.
The play tells the fast paced story through the words of Chris and his family. In a parallel strand of powerful monologues Jane, the mother of the driver, tells her story of the aftermath of the accident. Mark says this will be his final road traffic accident play. It is, he believes, his best!
Chris – Wez Ruthven
Lucy (Chris’s wife) – Ruth Ridgway
Ann (Chris’s mum) – Amber Howard
Roy (Chris’s dad) – Jack Ainsworth Mackay
Bryoni (Chris’s daughter) – Mariel Korstanje
Jane (Shelly’s mum) – Gerardine Sacdalan
Shelly (Janes daughter) – Grace Clancy
Graham (friend of Chris) – Reiss Mason
Drive of Renault – Sofia Pipe
Police Officer – Bradley Austin
Police Officer – Luke Potter
Chorus and minor roles – Megan White, Izzy Watts, Brandon Hattam, Alex Wood
Directed by Matthew Russell
About the group
Samuel Ward Academy are based in Haverhill, Suffolk.
Recent achievements at the festival
- 2017 – GRAHAM, THE WORLD’S FASTEST BLIND RUNNER (Best Junior Group)