Little Grey Cells, Mercury Theatre Colchester Present TU I TERAZ (HERE & NOW), Beginning 18 December

Little Grey Cells in association with Mercury Theatre Colchester present Tu I Teraz (Here & Now). Tu I Teraz, written by Nicola Werenowska and directed by Sam Potter will run at The Hampstead Theatre Downstairs from 18 December to 19 January, with press night on 20 December. Tu I Teraz has set design by Kerry Bradley, lighting by Matt O'Leary and sound by Steve Mayo, and the cast is Ania Sowinski (Marysia), Anna Elijasz (Ana) and George Lasha (Janusz). Further casting will be announced shortly.

"If you want to survive you can't fill your head with the past. Truths and untruths, it's dangerous, all of it. You leave all that. You look forwards."

Marysia moved to England a long time ago. As far as she is concerned she has started a new life here with her teenage son, Kuba. But when her sister Anna arrives from Poland unexpectedly it forces her to think again about her choices. Should you leave your past behind and start over again or is where you come from the most important thing about you? And has Marysia really left everything from her past behind or is she hiding a secret?

A moving, intelligent, vibrant new play about immigration and family loyalties.

Nicola Werenowska's writing credits include Davy's Day, Aftermath and Japanese Stories all at Mercury Theatre, Peapickers for Eastern Angles, Hurt and Dreamdance for Footprints, Freedoms of the Forest for Menagerie, Not So Dead End for Menagerie/BBC collaboration and Camlodunum as part of Come To Where I'm From for Paines Plough.

Sam Potter's directing credits include A Sexual Congress and In Spitting Distance for the NT Platform, The Head Of Red O'Brien for Oran Mor, Arden Of Faversham for The White Bear, Heroes for the NT Education Tour, Peapickers for Eastern Angles, Snowbound and Shit-Mix at the Trafalgar Studios, Cosi Fan Tutte at Glyndebourne Festival and on tour, Tom Stoppard Retrospective at the High Tide Festival, and Breathing Corpses at Theatre Souk. Sam's credits as associate director include Coriolanus, dir. David Farr, The Merry Wives Of Windsor, dir. Rachael Kavanagh both at the RSC, Tales From The Vienna Woods, dir. Richard Jones, Cyrano de Bergerac, dir. Howard Davies, Buried Child, dir. Matthew Warchus, Henry IV: Parts I & II, dir. Nicholas Hytner, Paul, dir. Howard Davies, Cosi Fan Tutte, dir. Nick Hytner, Emperor And Galilean, dir. Jonathan Kent, all at The National Theatre. Sam is currently the Literary Manager at Out of Joint.

Ania Sowinski's stage credits include Troilus And Cressida at The Globe Theatre, Our Town at the Anglo American Theatre and Sunday In The Park With George at The National Theatre. Ania's screen credits include Luther, Law And Order, Murderland, Silent Witness, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Waking The Dead, Casualty, Spooks, Holby City, Loving Ludmilla, Rosemary And Thyme, Lloyd And Hill, Happiness, The Bill, Reach For The Moon and Roger Roger.

Anna Elijasz's stage debut was Invisible at the Transport Theatre, UK & European Tour. Her stage credits whist training include, Summerfolk, The Astonished Heart, Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Juan In Soho, Three Sisters, Far Away, The Relapse, Women Of Troy, King Lear, and Little Me all for The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

George Lasha's stage credits include Bluebeard at Bristol Old Vic, Do We Look Like Refugees?! at Rustaveli Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival, Two For The Seesaw, Giorgi Mazniashvili, Wunderkind, The Landscape Lacks Warmth, and Historic Tale all at the Marjanishvili Theatre and Posterity and White Flags both at the Basement Theatre. George's screen credits include Spam, Five Days Of August, Springtime, and 37.

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