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    About

    Written by Barney Norris
    Directed by Alice Hamilton

    Carol Tessa Peake-Jones
    Eddie Andrew French

    Audiences loved Barney Norris’s Eventide when it played in our Brewery Theatre in November 2015. We’re now thrilled to present his moving new play and welcome acclaimed touring theatre company Up In Arms back to Bristol.

    Eddie and Carol were lovers once, but their lives went in different directions. Now they meet again on a park bench in a town full of
    memories, and find something still burns between them.

    On the country’s southern margin where the towns give way to
    the English Channel, both search for the centre of their lives. Will
    they find a way to let go of the past for the sake of their futures?

    Alice Hamilton’s productions of Barney Norris’s plays Visitors and
    Eventide for Up In Arms have been described as “heartbreaking” by
    the New York Times. Here she works again with the Critics Circle
    and Off West End Award-winning playwright and novelist and
    we’re sure the results will once again be rather special.

    Tessa Peake-Jones plays Carol. She is most well-known for playing Raquel in the television series Only Fools and Horses and currently stars as Mrs Maguire in ITV’s Grantchester. Tessa has had a long and varied career including: Unforgotten (ITV), Marchlands (ITV), Doctor Who (BBC) and Legacy (BBC). Her recent stage credits include: Beacons (Park Theatre), Home (Arcola), Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola), The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder (National Theatre), The Park (Pit Theatre/RSC), Hamlet, A Comedy of Errors (RSC).

    Andrew French plays Eddie. His other stage credits include: This Flesh of Mine/When Nobody Returns (Border Crossings), The Iphegenia Quartet (The Gate), Bully Boy (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Boi Boi Is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Roundabout Season (Paines Plough), Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Julius Caesar (RSC), Six Characters In Search Of An Author (Aquila Theatre Usa), Measure For Measure (Almeida Theatre), Monster (Royal Exchange Manchester), As You Like It (Wyndhams Theatre London), Reference To Salvador Dali…(Arcola/Young Vic London),The Taming Of The Shrew (Nottingham Playhouse), Merchant Of Venice (Royal National Theatre), Troilus And Cressida (Royal National Theatre), The Merchant Of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), Things Fall Apart (West Yorkshire/Royal Court Theatre), The Tempest (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre), The Tempest (Shared Experience).

    • RUNNING TIME1hr 30mins
    • AGE RECOMMENDATION12+
    • TICKETSFull £14 / Concession £10
    • VENUE

    8pm

    Sat 10 June matinee
    Unfortunately we have had to cancel the matinee performance of While We’re Here on Sat 10 June. Our Box Office staff will contact you if you had booked tickets for this performance to make alternative arrangements.

    POST SHOW TALK
    Please join us after the performance on Friday for a free post show discussion.

    Reviews
    • ****

      "With enormous empathy & equal amounts of restraint, the cast quietly snap your heart"

      The Times
    • ****

      “Small in scale but huge in heart"

      Time Out
    • "Constructed with craft and grace"

      The Guardian
    • ****

      "Captures the still, sad music of humanity"

      The Guardian on Eventide
    • ****

      "Barney Norris...is a rare and precious talent"

      Evening Standard on Eventide
    • *****

      "Outstanding... a beautiful piece of work"

      The Times on Visitors

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