Pepperdine Scotland


The Interference

About the Show

“When a survivor speaks up about her assault everyone steps up to speak for the football star, but who will speak for her?”

Set against the backdrop of the worldwide University Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic, The Interference follows one survivor’s struggle to make her story heard above all the noise. It explores the seemingly infinite sources of opinion, commentary, and distorted or suppressed information that have become routine players in the aftermath of these incidents. The play also takes a closer look at the unique circumstances involved when student athletes are part of the story.

The ensemble piece is performed by a cast of 12 with an onstage sound artist and features a live-mixed soundscape designed and composed by multiple CATS award nominee Michael John McCarthy.

Building on the success of previous projects including 2012 Scotsman Fringe First Award winner Why Do You Stand There In The Rain?, The Interference draws on the strengths of both Scottish and American theatre tradition and continues the company’s focus on issues of social justice.

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Creative Team



Lynda Radley is an award-winning playwright and dramaturg who has been working in professional theatre for over a decade. Her play DORM was recently short-listed for The Bruntwood Award; one of the UK’s most prestigious new writing awards. She is currently developing plays with the Traverse Theatre, Magnetic North and Stellar Quines. Lynda recently worked as dramaturg for Mark Bruce’s dance version of Dracula which won a South Bank Sky Arts award. In 2011 Lynda won a Scotsman Fringe First for her play Futureproof; a co-production between Dundee Rep Ensemble and the Traverse Theatre. Her solo show The Art of Swimming was short-listed for Meyer Whitworth and Total Theatre awards and toured internationally. Lynda is published by Nick Hern Books. Lynda frequently works as a dramaturg and creative writing practitioner in collaborative processes (National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens’ Theatre, Tricky Hat, Playgroup, Imaginate, In Cahootz) and adapted Under Milk Wood for the Tron Theatre's Home Nations Festival; part of The Commonwealth Games cultural programme, 2014.


Michael John is a Cork-born, Glasgow-based composer, musician & sound designer.  Work for performance includes: The Cheviot, The Stag & The Black, Black Oil, The BFG & Steel Magnolias (Dundee Rep); Light Boxes, Letters Home & The Authorised Kate Bane (Grid Iron); Into That Darkness, Fever Dream: Southside & Sports Day (Citizens Theatre); In Time O’ Strife, Blabbermouth, The Tin Forest & The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (National Theatre of Scotland);  A Gamblers Guide to Dying (Gary McNair/Show & Tell); Right Now (Traverse Theatre); Bondagers (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Under Milk Wood (Tron Theatre Glasgow); Glory (Janice Parker Projects); Educating Ronnie (Utter).  Other companies he has worked with include The Arches, Lung Ha’s, macrobert, Platform, People’s Light & Theatre Philadelphia, Playgroup, Poorboy, Theatre Uncut, Vox Motus and Youth Music Theatre UK. He has twice been nominated for the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland in the category Best Use of Music & Sound.
Michael John's primary instruments are guitar and piano accordion. He has toured Europe & Japan with Zoey Van Goey, Lord Cut-Glass and Aidan Moffat. He appears as an accordionist on albums by Alasdair Roberts, RM Hubbert, Niall Connolly, Trembling Bells & Bonnie Prince Billy amongst others.
He has also composed & recorded several series' worth of radio music for the BBC.
He is lead artist on Turntable.

Cathy Thomas-Grant


Cathy Thomas-Grant trained at the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. She has served as the Pepperdine University Edinburgh Program Director since 2000 and is currently Divisional Dean of Fine Arts at Pepperdine University.   Productions for the Fringe include: Mr. Happiness/The Water Engine, Necessary Targets, The Kentucky Cycle, The Fastest Woman Alive, Language of Angels, musical direction for The Grapes of Wrath, the Fringe First Award winning Why Do You Stand There in the Rain? by Peter Arnott, and Forget Fire in collaboration with J C Marshall.  Selected Pepperdine directing Credits include: Heritage, by Nicola McCartney, Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, The Seagull (translation by Martin Crimp), Michael Redhill’s Goodness, The Rivals, Fiddler on the Roof, King Lear, Man of La Mancha, Much Ado About Nothing, and Death of a Salesman.
Selected professional acting credits include: The Imaginary Invalid, Judevine, 1918, the premier of Jane Anderson’s Food and Shelter, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Nagel Jackson’s adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities, (American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco), The Comedy of Errors, A Winter’s Tale, MacBeth, andTartuffe, (American Players Theatre of Wisconsin) Steel Magnolias and The Octette Bridgeclub (Actors Co-op of Hollywood).
Professor Thomas-Grant was awarded the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009, and the Graves Award in 2003.

Alex Fthenakis


Alex trained as an actor at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). He is a Glasgow-based producer and performer whose work focuses on international co-production in new writing and classics.  Together Alex and Cathy have run the Pepperdine Scotland exchange since creating it in 2012.  In 2014 the Arts Council of England and UKBA endorsed him as an artist of Exceptional Promise for this and other related work.
Over the last few years Alex has worked in relevant capacities across his fields of expertise with The Citizens’ Theatre, Tron Theatre, The Arches, The Traverse, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Bard In The Botanics, Muse of Fire Theatre Company (Chicago), Washington and Lee University (Virginia), Lewis and Clark College (Oregon), and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, among many others.  As part of international collective Runamuck, Alex is co-creating and performing in Believe None of Us, which is due to begin touring in 2017.