It’s always a bit risky when models turn to acting – but I’m happy to report that Agyness Deyn proved to be a delight in her stage debut in The Leisure Society at London’s Trafalgar Studios.
Deyn wasn’t really stretching for the role – she plays a beautiful, sexy 21-year-old woman who shows up at a dinner party where everyone wants to sleep with her. Still, it was a brave first performance, especially considering she’s meer inches away from her audience at the intimate 100-seat Trafalgar Studios 2.
The biting satirical comedy, also starring Ed Stoppard, Melanie Gray and John Schwab, is written by Montreal-based Francois Archambault and directed by Harry Burton. It is described as “a morality play with no morals.”
The story is about an unhappily married couple (Stoppard and Gray) with a young child who invite their friend (Schwab) over so they can tell him they no longer have anything in common. When he brings his young date, it shakes up their plans and things devolve into darker confessions and group sex.
The Leisure Society is produced by Joe Hill and Adam Morane-Griffiths, who are partners with Screen 2011 Star of Tomorrow Adam Wimpenny in Wildcard Films (their next film will be The Mandrake Experiment.)
This gives me high hopes for Deyn’s role in Luis Prieto’s forthcoming English-language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher.
The play runs through March 31.