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Time and Tide - Park Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Relish Theatre in association with Park Theatre are presenting the world premiere of award-winning playwright James McDermott’s new play, Time and Tide, at the Finsbury Park venue – from February 5 to February 29, 2020.

Directed by Rob Ellis, it stars Wendy Nottingham (Vera Drake, Peaky Blinders, Mr Selfridge) as May, Paul Easom as Ken, Elliot Liburd as Daz, and Josh Barrow as Nemo.

May runs a crumbling caff on the end of Cromer Pier. Her delivery man, Ken, is running out of customers, thanks to Costa. Nemo is desperate to tread the boards in London. His unrequited love, Daz, is burying his head in the sand over his best mate leaving.

Described as a touching LGBT comic drama, Time and Tide examines the lives of a Norfolk community struggling with change. It was longlisted for The Verity Bargate Award, the Bruntwood and Papatango Playwriting Prizes, and developed as part of Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator Programme.

Wendy Nottingham is perhaps best known for her collaborations with Mike Leigh, including the BAFTA award-winning Vera Drake and Grief at the National Theatre. Her TV credits include: the recurring role of Mrs Crabbe in ITV’s Mr Selfridge, and series regular Mary in Peaky Blinders. Most recently, she appeared alongside Emma Thompson on screen in The Children Act, and starred in Diminished at the Hampstead Theatre. Forthcoming film appearances include parts in Francis Lee’s next feature, Ammonite, and Blueprint Picture’s The Last Letter From Your Lover.

Paul Easom’s West End credits include: The Girls, Beyond The Rainbow, Evita, The Boyfriend, Budgie, and The Screen Writers Daughter. He played Lord Byron in Manfred, alongside Rudolph Nureyev (USA tour) and has toured South America with Italian Popstar Raffaella Carra. Other theatre credits include: The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui, Gypsy, Death Of A Salesman, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Seagull, Chicken Dust, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Canterbury Tales, Dracula, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, A Tale Of Two Cities, Robin Hood with the New Vic Theatre Company, and Hans Christian Andersen with Tommy Steele.

Easom’s screen credits include: Kids, The Cleopatras, Lifelike and The Quartermass Experiment (TV); Lair Of The White Worm, Aria, North West Five and Anna Karenina. He was last seen at Park Theatre in Hamlet.

Elliot Liburd’s recent theatre credits include: Beasy Baby (Liverpool Unity/The Tobacco Factory), Porthos in The Three Musketeers (Iris Theatre), Danny in Bismillah: An Isis Tragicomedy (Wound Up Theatre), Valemon in The Girl with the Iron Claws (The Wrong Crowd), and Arron The Moor in Titus Andronicus (Fourth Monkey Theatre Company). Liburd is co-founder of Fools Rush In Theatre Company and recently debuted his first piece, A Murder Most Foley, at the Pleasance Theatre, London.

Josh Barrow’s theatre credits include: Silk Road – How to Buy Drugs Online (Trafalgar Studios), The Outsider (The Print Room), and If Not Now, When? (National Theatre). His television work includes Sky One’s Temple, and ITV’s Vera; plus he has had film roles in The Trap and the award-winning short My Brother Is A Mermaid.

Time and Tide has set and costume designs by Caitlin Abbott, and sound design by Fizz Margereson.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7870 6876 or visit

Also at Park Theatre: The Snow Queen (until January 4) and Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (until January 4, 2020).