While We’re Here at the Bush Theatre
While We're Here at the Bush Theatre

Tessa Peake-Jones stars in While We’re Here

Published March 8, 2017

Casting has been announced for While We’re Here, a new play by acclaimed writer Barney Norris (Visitors, Bush Theatre; Eventide, Arcola Theatre), which opens the Bush Theatre’s brand new 60 seat studio.

Alice Hamilton will direct Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses, BBC; Beacons, Park Theatre) and Andrew French (The Iphigenia Quartet, Gate Theatre; Boi, Boi is Dead, West Yorkshire Playhouse) in the world premiere of the new play.

“Sometimes I think my whole life has been a frightening time. Well. I remember the crunch of the gravel under my feet walking back up the drive, and thinking my life might be over. I might have had all of my fun. But I was wrong, it turned out. I’ve had a lot of good things since.”

Eddie and Carol were lovers once, but their lives went in different directions. Now they meet again in a town full of memories, and find something still burns between them. On the country’s southern margin where the towns give way to the English Channel, both search for the centre of their lives.

Co-Directors of the multi award-winning touring company Up In Arms, Barney Norris and Alice Hamilton return to the Bush following their critically acclaimed production of Visitors, for which Norris won the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. He has two other productions opening this spring; Echo’s End at Salisbury Playhouse and a revival of Every You Every Me at Oxford Playhouse/ Reading Rep. His debut novel, Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, was released last year and is now a bestseller.

The Bush has also announced that tickets are released today for Ramona Tells Jim (20 September – 21 October) in the Studio and Of Kith and Kin (18 October – 25 November) in the Theatre as well as more tickets for the upcoming Guards At The Taj (7 April – 20 May) and Hir (15 June – 22 July).  

While We’re Here plays at the Bush Theatre For more information and to book your tickets, visit the venue’s website.