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Casting announced for Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor at the Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for the European premiere of writer and director Chè Walker’s Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor, which runs at the Finborough Theatre from January 1 to January 26, 2019.

Featuring members of the original Los Angeles cast, the line up includes Gabriel Akuwudike (as Blaz), Sheila Atim (Rosa), Benjamin Cawley (Karl), Cary Crankson (Seamus), Jessica Ledon (Havana) and Montana Roesch (Serena The Sex Worker).

You’re holding my sins inside you now. I’ve told you something no one else knows.

2019. In the last remaining barrios of East LA…

Blaz returns from prison, but something ain’t right. His lifelong love Havana Cortez is keeping a secret. His old partner Karl seems to know what it is. Havana’s best friend Rosa hates him even more than usual, but this was not always the case. And the detective who locked him up can’t stop with the women. Serena The Sex Worker is our ethereal guide to this menacing world – but why are there pterodactyls overhead?

Love and Betrayal. Tenderness and Rage. Crime and Home. Adventure and Ageing. Los Angeles behind the mask.

Sheila Atim, who also wrote original music for the production, previously appeared at the Finborough Theatre in Rachel.

Her credits elsewhere include Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Girl from the North Country for which she won Best Supporting Actress in a Musical at the 2018 Olivier Awards, the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Clarence Derwent Award, and was nominated for the Emerging Talent Category at the 2017 Evening Standard Awards and for Best Supporting Actress in a Play at the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards (The Old Vic and Noël Coward Theatre), Babette’s Feast (Print Room at the Coronet), Les Blancs (National Theatre), Julius Caesar and Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse), The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse and St Anne’s Warehouse, New York), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice and The Jew of Malta (RSC) and Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough).

Productions by Chè Walker include Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre) and The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Atim’s screen work includes Sulphur and White (film); Harlots, Bounty Hunters and The Feed (TV).

Playwright and director Chè Walker returns to the Finborough Theatre, where he has directed six previous productions including His Greatness, Etta Jenks, Blue Surge, Fog and Achidi J’s Final Hours. Walker’s first play Been So Long premiered at the Royal Court Theatre and has been performed worldwide. The musical adaptation played at The Young Vic before being adapted into a Netflix feature film, starring Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene. His second play Flesh Wound also premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, and won the George Devine Award before being produced globally.

Walker’s many other plays include Crazy Love, starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, written for Paines Plough and winner of the Blanche Marvin Award; The Frontline which made history as the first contemporary-set play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2008, and was revived in 2009; The Lightning Child, the first musical to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe; the song cycle The Eighth, in a collaboration with Paul Heaton, which premiered at the Manchester International Festival with a cast featuring Emmy winner Reg E Cathey, and subsequently played the Barbican Centre in London and toured the UK; Lovesong, featuring Omar, which toured with English Touring Theatre; and Klook and Vinette, featuring Sheila Atim and Ako Mitchell, which sold out its run at the Park Theatre with subsequent runs in Atlanta, Alabama. It will tour to Texas and Seattle in 2019.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 01223 357851 or visit

Jeannie by rediscovered female playwright Aimée Stuart continues at the Finborough Theatre until Saturday, December 22, 2018.