It’s nearly time for the European premiere of Actually, the new play by Photograph 51‘s Anna Ziegler. Sneak a peek at what Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda have been getting up to in rehearsals ahead of the two-hander’s run at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios from 6 to 31 August 2019. Time to get booking!
One night. Two people. Three truths.
In our age of fake news, victim shaming and #metoo, Actually is an urgent exploration into our need for an absolute truth when faced with opposing versions; can we ever truly know what happened between two people behind closed doors?
Amber and Tom hook up at a party at their elite American university and spend the night together. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but what actually happened between them?
Through conflicting accounts of a college hook up, Actually boldly delves into the messiest of grey areas and the intersectional complexities of race, religion and gender, controversially picking at our individual biases and internalised prejudices in ‘he said, she said’ cases of sexual consent.
Actually was first seen in Los Angeles in 2017 and later that year received its Off-Broadway premiere at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda star in this European premiere production of Actually, directed by Oscar Toeman and presented by Announcement Productions.
This is American dramatist Anna Ziegler‘s first play in London since the 2015 European premiere of Photograph 51, which told the story of scientist Rosalind Franklin, who cracked DNA. Directed by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman, it won Best New Play and Best Actress at the WhatsOnStage Awards as well as the Evening Standard award for Best Actress.
Actually runs from 6 to 31 August 2019 at Trafalgar Studios 2, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY, with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.45pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £20-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!