Photo Flash: First Look at Rose Theatre's HERE
Zawe Ashton and Alex Beckett join Alison Steadman in Rose Theatre Kingston's revival of Michael Frayn's HERE from 19 April to 12 May. In an exciting change at the Rose, HERE will be performed on a new stage built out into the auditorium bringing the intimacy of HERE even closer to the audience. See production photos below.
HERE is where everything happens. Here and now - in the space around us that we can see and touch. For Phil and Cath, in this one small studio flat, as they begin to construct their life together. For them the whole past history of the universe has led up to this moment, and its whole future history will be determined by what they decide together. Here. Now.
But how to decide anything, when the other person keeps disagreeing? And when the woman downstairs keeps dumping the left-over remains of her own life on you...?
Making her Rose Theatre debut, Alison Steadman plays Pat - the woman downstairs. Alison is one of the UK's best-loved and most prolific actresses, her television work includes favourites such as Pam in Gavin & Stacey, Fat Friends, The Singing Detective and Pride and Prejudice. On stage, Alison created the role of the monstrous Beverly in Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party, recently enjoyed a West End run in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit as the improbable clairvoyant Madame Arcati and starred in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, for which she won an Olivier Award. Her films include Shirley Valentine and Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet and Topsy Turvy.
Zawe Ashton, who played the character Vod in Channel 4's popular comedy Fresh Meat takes on the role of Cath. Other credits include the television series Misfits and the films Dreams of a Life and St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold as well as the title role in Headlong Theatre's Salome.
Phil will be played by Alex Beckett, last seen in BBC4's Olympic comedy Twenty Twelve.
Internationally-acclaimed, Michael Frayn is the author of the Booker short-listed Headlong and his plays include Noises Off, Copenhagen, Alarms and Excursions and Benefactors.
Michael Frayn's Here is at the Rose from 19th April to 12th May, tickets are available in person from the Rose Theatre Kingston box office; 08444 821 556 (bkg fee) or www.rosetheatrekingston.org
Zawe Ashton & Alex Beckett