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Checkpoint Chana - casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CASTING has been announced for the world premiere of Checkpoint Chana, which runs at the Finborough Theatre on Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from March 4 to March 20, 2018.

The line up includes Ulrika Krishnamurti (as Tamsin), Matt Mella (David), Geraldine Somerville (Bev) and Nathaniel Wade (Michael).

Previously Posted: Originally seen as a staged reading as part of Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, the world premiere of Checkpoint Chana by Jeff Page runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from March 4 to March 20, 2018.

We have to make sure we make the right choices. If we do, we’re ok and you’ll have a career, be someone who is employable and commissionable. Get it wrong and it’s like all over.

Poet Bev Hemmings is in the eye of a storm after she publishes a poem that the world seems to believe is anti-Semitic. She’s convinced she’s innocent, but everyone else – including her PA, Tamsin – wants her to apologise. A press interview is planned to begin her public rehabilitation, but Bev’s dying father, erratic behaviour and tendency to drink make her public contrition a complex process.

Checkpoint Chana examines the point where pro-Palestinian criticism of the government of Israel and anti-Semitism blur.

Playwright Jeff Page is a writer and voluntary sector worker. He is a graduate of the John Burgess playwriting course at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. His plays include Attack of the A&E Zombies (Descent Theatre and Irlam Festival Fringe).

Checkpoint Chana is directed by Manuel Bau, who is originally from Italy where he graduated in Theatre Directing in Venice and then trained at the London Film Academy and at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. His directing credits include Questions of Terrorism and Repression (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), The Man With The Flower in His Mouth (Christ Church College, Oxford), Soft the Moon Rose (Etcetera Theatre) and The White Room (Courtyard Theatre).

Checkpoint Chana is presented by Marricdale Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Tickets: £18, £16 concessions. (Group Bookings – 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets booked.) To book, call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit

Times: Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2pm.

Performance Length: Approximately 80 minutes with no interval.

Read more about the Finborough Theatre’s January to March 2018 Season.