Fresh from his Netflix success with stage-to-screen hit Been So Long, writer and director Ché Walker returns from Los Angeles to direct the European premiere of his own new play Time Is Love / Tiempo es Amor, which will feature original music by Olivier Awards winner Sheila Atim, who also appears in the production. Time to get booking!
Time Is Love / Tiempo es Amor, written and directed by Ché Walker, will have a strictly limited four-week season at London’s Finborough Theatre from 1 to 26 January 2019, with press nights on 3 and 4 January.
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Playwright and director Ché Walker returns to the Finborough Theatre, where he has directed six previous productions including His Greatness, Etta Jenks, Blue Surge, Fog and Achidi J’s Final Hours. Time Is Love / Tiempo es Amor is the latest stage play from the multi-award-winning writer-director behind UK Netflix’s hit Been So Long, which stars Michaela Coel and Arinzé Kene.
Time Is Love / Tiempo es Amor has original music by Sheila Atim, an Olivier Award winner for her performance in Girl from the North Country, who also plays Rosa in the European premiere.
Atim is joined in the London production by Gabriel Akuwudike (as Blaz), Benjamin Cawley (Karl), Cary Crankson (Seamus), Sasha Frost (Serena) and Jessica Ledon (Havana). Ledon also featured in the original cast in Los Angeles.
The European premiere is presented by Jezebel Productions and Dragon Bait Productions with Jonathan Chambers in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough.
Time Is Love / Tiempo Es Amor runs from 1 to 26 January 2019 at the Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £16-20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Writer and director Ché Walker‘s first play Been So Long premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1998 and has been performed worldwide. The musical adaptation played at the Young Vic and Edinburgh Festival in 2009 before being adapted into a Netflix feature film, released in October 2018.
His second play Flesh Wound premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, and won the George Devine Award before being produced globally. His many other plays include Crazy Love, starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge and written for Paines Plough, won the Blanche Marvin Award; The Frontline which made history as the first contemporary-set play to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2008, and was revived in 2009; The Lightning Child was the first musical to be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe; the song cycle The Eighth, collaborating with Paul Heaton, which premiered at the Manchester International Festival with a cast featuring Emmy winner Reg E Cathey, and subsequently played the Barbican Centre in London and toured the UK; Lovesong, featuring Omar, toured with English Touring Theatre; and Klook’s Last Stand , featuring Sheila Atim and Ako Mitchell, sold out its run at the Park Theatre with subsequent runs in Atlanta and Alabama, and it will tour to Texas and Seattle in 2019.
Since relocating to Los Angeles, Ché has written and directed four short films, winning two awards and fifteen festival selections. He currently has two screenplays in development. His adaptation of the iconic BBC series DeadHead is produced by Open Palm Film and will be directed by Dominic Dromgoole in 2019. His original screenplay Fredo Bertasio is produced by David Livingstone and Emily Bray, with Jake Nava attached to direct. Chè has also directed thirty-one stage productions, and over fifty professional acting credits across stage and screen.
Sheila Atim has previously appeared in Ché Walker’s productions of Klook’s Last Stand (Park Theatre) and The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe), and has previously appeared at the Finborough in Rachel. For her performance in Bob Dylan Musical Girl from the North Country, Atim won Best Supporting Actress in a Musical at the 2018 Olivier Awards, the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the Clarence Derwent Award, and was nominated for the Emerging Talent Category at the 2017 Evening Standard Awards and for Best Supporting Actress in a Play at the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards (The Old Vic and Noël Coward Theatre).
Atim’s other stage credits include Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Babette’s Feast (Print Room at the Coronet), Les Blancs (National Theatre), Julius Caesar and Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse), The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse and St Anne’s Warehouse, New York), The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice and The Jew of Malta (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough). Film includes Sulphur and White. Television includes Harlots, Bounty Hunters and The Feed.