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See Me For Myself - Tabard Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEE ME For Myself, a raw and potent drama by local author and retired surgeon Chris Naylor and company director Joanna Way, receives its world premiere at the Tabard Theatre, where it runs from October 3 to October 27, 2018.

Teenagers Sally and Stephen tragically find themselves meeting each other for the first time in a hospice. Never allowing the time constraints of their illnesses to quell their youthfulness, they still have the will to love, laugh and be happy.

When Sally makes a wish under a new moon, she digs deep to find fulfilment that has been denied to her in her short and tragic life, while ‘bad boy’ Stephen discovers a capacity for tenderness and a way to belong. Caring for the physical and emotional needs of her two young patients is Sister Jones, but does she go too far and breach medical ethics?

What evolves is a touching yet uplifting tale of two teenagers trying to make sense of the world and the time they have left and the question arises of how far state and family should intervene in a child’s wishes.

See Me For Myself is directed by acclaimed director David Phipps-Davis whose previous work at the Tabard includes Ruddigore and An Ideal Husband.

The cast includes Alice Cox as Sally, Nickcolia King-N’Da as Stephen, Monnica Leighton as Sister Jones, David Puckridge as Jack, Lin Sagovsky as Miss Baxter and Lydia Tuckey as Annie.

Alice Cox is a recent graduate of The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, which she attended from the age of thirteen after obtaining a scholarship to the Theatre Arts School. While studying, she performed in short films and music videos, as well as performing in panto at the Greenwich Theatre and playing the role of the Emcee in Cabaret, Miranda in The Tempest and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Most recently, she performed with West End star Rachel Tucker at The Other Palace Theatre.

Nickcolia King-N’Da trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Professional roles include Caliban/Prince Ferdinand in The Tempest (Young Shakespeare Company), Edmund in King Lear (Orange Tree Theatre), Aladdin in Aladdin (The Riverfront Theatre) and most recently, John Astley in Astley’s Astounding Adventures (New Vic Theatre) where he doubled as an acrobat.

Tickets: £19.50, concessions: £16.50. To book, call the box office on 020 8995 6035 or visit tabardtheatre.co.uk/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm. Extra performances Saturdays at 4pm, Sundays at 2pm.

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes including interval.