Vincent In Brixton

Vincent In Brixton

by Nicholas Wright

February 5–22, 2004

A brilliant portrait of the artist as a young man. - The Guardian
Vincent In Brixton

Before he discovered ART
And before MADNESS discovered him

A young man came to London

To discover HIMSELF

Seeking direction, Vincent Van Gogh will find desire and despair. He will discover romance and raw emotion, and he will begin to unravel a transforming genius which will threaten to unravel him. Based on the surviving letters of Vincent Van Gogh, and inspired by the curious history of his stay in London ­ a revelation of the young man behind the art.

Starring: Martin Happer, Vanessa Holmes, David MacInnis, Rachel Martens and Sandra Nicholls
Directed by: Jim DeFelice
Set and Properties Designer: Colin Winslow
Costume Designer: Roger Schultz
Lighting Designer: David Fraser
Stage Manager: Gina Moe
Production Manager: Gina Puntil

READ: Artistic Director’s Note

February 5–22, 2004

Previews February 3
Opening February 5




Martin was last seen with Theatre Network in Chris Craddock’s radio play LUCK for NextFest 2003, but this is his first stage play with the company. Recent credits include BLOOMS for Nakai Theatre; ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL at the Edmonton Fringe; LANGUAGE OF ANGELS for Northern Light; THE TEMPEST, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, RICHARD III and AS YOU LIKE IT for the Free Will Players; and THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS, LYSISTRATA and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for Studio Theatre. Television and radio credits include BREAKER HIGH, and XENOMORPH. Martin is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s B.F.A. in Acting program. He is proud to be involved with this production and would like to thank Jim and Bradley for the opportunity.



Vanessa was last seen on the Roxy stage in PERFECT PIE for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Sterling nomination. Since then, she has been up to Whitehorse where she performed in the new Sally Clark play WANTED for Nakai Theatre. She also just finished working on the film CHICKS WITH STICKS (working title) – which, contrary to popular opinion, is actually a hockey flick – not a porn – hence ‘working title’. She is now very happy to be back at Theatre Network working with so many wonderful people and for the opportunity to explore the world of such a talented and troubled artist.



David was born in Edmonton but he has recently relocated to Vancouver where he is learning the value of patience. Some past credits include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and HENRY V for the River City Shakespeare Festival and THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS, LYSISTRATA, and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for Studio Theatre. David is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program from the University of Alberta.



After a year off the stage including a four month solo trip to India, Rachel is thankfully returning to the theatre. She’s honoured to be working with such a gracious flock of artists in her first Theatre Network show. She first appeared on the Roxy stage over five years ago in the original Gentlewoman and a Scholar production of THE BLACK RIDER. Other credits include Catherine in PROOF, and Ophelia in Hamlet for the Citadel; THE RELUCTANT RESURRECTION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES for Shadow Theatre; and BLACKPOOL AND PARISH for the Edmonton Fringe. Currently she’s enjoying writing and recording music with her dear friend Emma under the name Mama Trust. Rachel will be moving out east in March, and would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Edmonton theatre community for their continuing support.



Sandra has been active on the Canadian theatre front for the past thirty years as an actor, director, and teacher. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, she holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from the University of Alberta. Her professional stage credits include work with The Edinburgh Fringe,The Shaw Festival, The Centaur Theatre, Theatre Calgary, The Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, and Edmonton’s Catalyst, Workshop West and Northern Light theatres. And now she will add Theatre Network to her necklace. She is a veteran teacher, having been an instructor with The National Theatre School of Canada, The University of Alberta, and The University of Lethbridge. Her thrill is to work with the astonishing young performers that these institutions foster and her challenge is to hold her own against their vital and shining talents.



For Theatre Network, James has directed the Canadian premiere of Nicholas Wright’s VINCENT AND BRIXTON and has served as production dramaturg for Eugene Stickland’s EXCAVATIONS and Chris Craddock’s SUMMER OF MY AMAZING LUCK. This season he played Salter in Trunk Theatre’s production of A NUMBER by Caryl Churchill and directed Michael Melski’s THE FLY FISHER’S COMPANION for Shadow Theatre.



Colin is a stage designer with many years of professional experience. His work has been wide-ranging from Skakespeare in Flemish, – to Ibsen in the Prairies; from ballet in London UK, – to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Washington DC.

He has been Head of Design for several theatres including The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland; The Redgrave Theatre in England; The Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg and ‘Ensemble’ in Amsterdam, Holland.

He has tought stage design in many schools and universities in the UK and currently teaches Design in the Department of Theatre at the University of Alberta.



Roger is thrilled to be back at Network re-inhabiting his own little habitat, the costume sweatshop he sets up in the corner of the Roxy’s lobby. He has won Sterling awards for his work on Network’s productions of THE LEISURE SOCIETY (outstanding set), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (outstanding costumes) and A SKULL IN CONNEMARA (outstanding set) as well as receiving numerous Sterling nominations for his design work on HOSANNA (outstanding set, costume and lighting). He is a busy Edmonton designer having worked for The Citadel, Teatro La Quindicina, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, St. Albert Children’s Theatre, Keyano Theatre and L’Uni Theatre, as well as Prairie Theatre Exchange and Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg. Recent designs include: FOOTLOOSE, DRIVING MISS DAISY, DOGBARKED and COMEDY OF ERRORS. Up coming will be a trip to Fort McMurray for TREASURE ISLAND and then back to the U of A to inspire a flock of young theatre designers as they create art under his tutelage.