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Hampstead Theatre Downstairs - Autumn 2019

Hampstead Theatre Autumn Season 2019

Season preview

HAMPSTEAD Theatre has announced its Autumn 2019 Season, Roxana Silbert’s first as Artistic Director, and Downstairs productions include:

The world premiere of Either. Written by Ruby Thomas and directed by Guy Jones, it runs from September 19 to October 26.

I can feel myself changing. In a way I haven’t done since, adolescence maybe. But the catalyst is you instead of overactive glands.

Described as funny, smart and sexy, Ruby Thomas’ debut play probes our romantic choices in life and explores the human need to connect and be loved – regardless of the ramifications.

A young, loved-up couple are surrounded by life’s infinite possibilities and temptations. And at a time in their lives where they have little responsibility, they’re determined to live this chapter as fully and spontaneously as possible. But in their pursuit to enjoy all that life has to offer, should every opportunity that comes their way be taken?

Ruby Thomas has had short plays performed at the Old Red Lion, Platform Southwark, the White Bear and Theatre503. She was on the Soho Writers Lab course (2016-17) and the Royal Court Supergroup (2018-19). Her web series Settling was released in March 2019.

The world premiere of Unknown Rivers. Written by Chinonyerem Odimba and directed by Daniel Bailey, it runs from October 31 to December 7.

I have to draw a new map. I have to be seen. For her. For all of us!

Described as poignant and life affirming, Unknown Rivers is a testament to the extraordinary powers of female friendship – where there’s turmoil, trauma and hardship, there’s also love, bravery and hope, making it possible to go with the flow… and live.

Since her ordeal five years ago, nineteen-year-old Nene rarely leaves home. Secure within her mum’s embrace, Nene now keeps the outside world securely on the other side of her bedroom window. But weekly visits from her best friend Lea start to fill the void and on one unexpected day, when she is finally beyond the walls of her sanctuary with her vibrant, funny, and spirited girlfriends, a long-forgotten spark is powerfully reignited in Nene, one which will change her direction forever…

Chinonyerem Odimba is a playwright, director and poet. Her theatre work includes Joanne and Amongst the Reeds (Clean Break at The Yard); a modern retelling of Twist (Theatre Centre); Medea (Bristol Old Vic) and We Too, Are Giants (Kiln Theatre). More recently, a new play Princess & the Hustler toured across the UK for Eclipse Theatre/Bristol Old Vic/HullTruck.

Autumn 2019 in the Main House.