Ross Ericson's The Unknown Soldier officially SOLD-OUT at the Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and received an array of 5 and 4 stars reviews including from Edinburgh Festival Mag and The Independent. The play has now been published by Methuen Drama and will be touring the UK until 2018.
Ross' new solo piece Gratiano has toured to Brighton Fringe, Buxton Fringe, the Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and York International Shakespeare Festival. This challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' has garnered 5 stars reviews from critics and audience alike.
From 2017-2018, Ross is Dramaturge and Director for Red Dragonfly Productions' Taking Flight New Writing Competition and Festival, mentoring and providing dramaturgic advice and guidance to new writers from the British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities in the UK. The 2017 production sold-out in London's New Diorama Theatre and garnered two 4 stars reviews from Everything Theatre and LiveTheatreUK. Taking Flight 2018 will premier in June with three new plays.
Ross' critically acclaimed adaptation of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones has been licensed by California based LA Theatre Works, to be produced as a radio play, and his play Casualties, directed by Harry Burton, was chosen for the opening season of the new Park Theatre at Finsbury Park in 2013, and was nominated for OffWestend Award-Best New Play. It is published by Methuen Drama.
The Empress and Me (2017), first produced by Grist to the Mill at Brighton Fringe 2017 @ The Rialto
Gratiano (2016), first produced by Grist to the Mill at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 @ Spotlites
DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan (2015), adaptation of Chinese classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms, produced by Red Dragonfly Productions 2015-2016
The Unknown Soldier (2015), first produced by Grist to the Mill at Edinburgh Fringe 2015 @ Spotlites
The Autumn of Han (2013), adaptation of Chinese classic The Sorrow of Han, produced by Red Dragonfly Productions 2013-2015
Casualties (2013), produced by Grist to the Mill at Park Theatre 2013, nominated for OffWestEnd Award-Best New Play
Life (2013), produced by Grist to the Mill at Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Punchline (2011), produced by Grist to the Mill at The Vibe 2012 and Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Tom Jones (2004), adaptation of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, produced by Giant Olive at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre 2011
For more information of Ross' individual plays, please go to www.gristtheatre.co.uk
"A masterful performance, a smart spectacle and a further testament to Ericson's growing magnificence as a modern playwright and performer." - ★★★★★ Graeme Strachan, British Theatre Guide on Gratiano
"Racism, fascism and personal revelation all get a workout in this beautifully crafted Pinteresque monologue, as Ericson skilfully portrays a man far more complex and considered" - ★★★★1/2 Craig Cook, The Adelaide Advertiser on Gratiano
"Poignant... does not shy away from gore, but also offers wry humour and a welcome original perspective on the Great War. " - ★★★★ Don Connigale, The Independent on The Unknown Soldier
"Ericson’s writing is strong to give it vividness, and he does a good job of expressing a range of emotions, from despair to wry humour" - ★★★★ Susan Mansfield, The Scotsman on The Unknown Soldier
"[Ericson is] a playwright with promise... trace of Pinter in his handling of dialogue" - Jane Shilling, Telegraph on Casualties
"Ericson does not offer us any definite answers and denies us a resolution: this is a brave choice which serves the content well." - Ninaz Khodaiji , OneStopArts on Casualties
"Ericson sets up plot expectations, then avoids them... Ericson is not making propaganda, but skilfully weaves his human story to create a modern experience" - Timothy Ramsden, Reviewsgate on Casualties
"[Ericson's] dialogue is beautifully naturalistic and there is a clear understanding of relationships... giving the actors so much to work with" - Dan Philips, BargainTheatre on Casualties
"[Ericson] demonstrates an excellent grasp of what makes good drama as well as creating terrific roles for the four-strong cast" - Lucy Popescu, TheatreWorld on Casualties
"Ericson must be commended for managing to reduce a novel featuring no less than eighteen books into a play of such perfect proportions," - James Buxton, Extra!Extra! on Tom Jones
Ross Ericson was awarded Best Actor Award at Buxton Fringe Festival 2017 for his performance of The Unknown Soldier. He is currently touring and performing in his 5-star solo shows: The Unknown Soldier and Gratiano.
Ross has been acting since the mid 1990s and has appeared in productions of Othello, Teechers, Macbeth, A Man for All Seasons, and The Little Shop of Horrors and, more recently, as Lennie in Of Mice and Men (Lighthouse, Poole), a Corner man/Bailiff in Sucker Punch (Royal Court, London), Ben in The Dumb Waiter (The Mill Theatre, Guildford), Number 4 in Fewer Emergencies (The Print Room, London), Pembroke/Austria in King John (Union Theatre, London), Ned in Parlour Song (Cockpit Theatre, London), Jake in 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Riverside Studios, London) and The Stage Manager in Our Town (Apollo Theatre Company, Touring).
2017, The Empress and Me, THEATRE, International Tour
2017, Taking Flight Festival, THEATRE, UK Tour
2015, DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan, THEATRE, UK Tour
2014, The Autumn of Han, THEATRE, UK Tour
2013, Life, THEATRE, at Edfringe
2013, The Princess and The Pea, THEATRE, at Edfringe
2013, The Autumn of Han, THEATRE, at Edfringe
2012, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton/ The Interview, THEATRE, at TheVibe
2012, Punchline, THEATRE, at TheVibe
2004, Tom Jones, THEATRE, at Edfringe
Ross Ericson will be performing his new theatre piece The Straw Man in 2018 at Buxton Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
He is also touring and performing in The Unknown Soldier and Gratiano till 2018.
Please go to www.gristtheatre.co.uk for more information.