When I read that Anything that Flies was her debut play by writer, Judith Burnley, I naturally assumed it was a young playwright being given a big chance by Jermyn Street’s new artistic director, Tom Littler.
Often I had a restless sense that there is a seriously good play trying to be born here and almost making it, and I hope another version will rise. The Jermyn, intimate and intense, has always been a good place for reigniting history.
This surprisingly warm and heartbreaking story about grief and displacement feels slight in telling audiences anything new about the pain that World War II caused both Jewish and German people caught up in the atrocities.
Casting has been announced for the second production of Jermyn Street Theatre’s autumn ESCAPE Season. Alice Hamilton directs the world premiere of Judith Burnley’s Anything That Flies, starring Clive Merrison and Issy van Randwyck.