Can we ever really know what happened between two people behind closed doors? That’s the question at the heart of Anna Zeigler’s provocative new two-hander Actually, and one the company, audience and I grappled with after last week’s performance at Trafalgar Studios.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Oscar Toeman’s production of Anna Ziegler’s new play Actually.
Tom points out that the weight of evidence required for either of their stories to be believed could be “fifty percent plus a feather”. It’s a potent image that echoes throughout the play’s talky but engaging 90 minutes.
Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda exude “chemistry” in the “highly watchable” and the zeitgeisty European premiere of Anna Zeigler’s Actually, which is now running at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios until 31 August 2019. We’ve rounded up review highlights below – time to get booking!
Actually is a complex play that explores more than consent, it raises questions about attitudes towards sex and relationships, race, religion, upbringing and family.
Actually has its issues as a drama and the heavily discursive competing narratives approach limits how the play is staged that can feel repetitive at times, but Ziegler has created a scenario and two complicated people who feel credibly drawn.
Set against the backdrop of Princeton University, Actually provides a reminder that, even in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, there remain plenty of grey areas when it comes down to defining assault and determining consent.
We’re counting down to the official opening of the European premiere of Anna Zeigler’s Actually. Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda star in this provocative new play by the author of Photograph 51. Check out our gallery of first-look production photography – and then get booking!
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, this Friday 9 August 2019, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock talks to Actually stars Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda. We’ve got plenty to talk about here with competing versions of the same night’s hook-up. Got any questions?
Onstage in Actually, Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda present different versions of the same event. Can they agree in this London Live interview about the play itself?! Watch their fascinating interview with presenter Helen Wadia – and then get booking! The European premiere of Anna Ziegler’s play starts previews tonight (6 August 2019) at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios, where it runs til 31 August.
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!
Yasmin Paige and Simon Manyonda star in the European premiere production of Actually, a new play by Photograph 51’s Anna Ziegler, which will run at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios from 6 to 31 August 2019, with a press night on Monday 12 August and a post-show Q&A chaired by Mate Terri Paddock on Friday 9 August.
I do hope Photograph 51 might be revived over here one day, though maybe in a more intimate space than the Noel Coward Theatre, to really play up the atmosphere and tension.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51, Headlong’s People, Places and Things at the National, and Harvey Fierstein play Casa Valentina at Southwark Playhouse.
I love it when I disagree with the critics. No, really I do. I’m fascinated that we can all have such widely variant opinions on the same thing – and I’m very happy for mine to be challenged. While for me, Photograph 51 never really developed into compelling drama, most overnight critics have awarded it […]
The Michael Grandage Company today announces the full company for the UK première of Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51. Nicole Kidman who leads the company as Rosalind Franklin is joined by Will Attenborough (James Watson), Edward Bennett (Francis Crick), Stephen Campbell Moore (Maurice Wilkins), Patrick Kennedy (Don Caspar) and Joshua Silver (Ray Gosling). Photograph 51 opens at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre on 14 September, with previews from 5 September, and runs until 21 November.