Playful, poignant and profound, Anna Ziegler’s new play Actually makes a West End switch this summer, posing challenging questions about the nature of consent.
Playing at Trafalgar Studios for a short run between 6-31 August, Actually is the story of Amber and Tom, two first-year students at the elite American university of Princeton. When their paths cross, they connect in seemingly innocent ways. But after they hook up and spend the night together, things become more clouded, and the highly charged topic of sexual consent comes to the fore – they agreed on the drinking and the attraction, but what events Actually went down between the two of them? And, if unspoken, can it really be called consent?
Actually investigates these powerfully pertinent topics with wit and urgency, as well as exploring the complex intersection of race and gender politics, society’s desire to constantly fit in – and the three sides that come with every story.
Taut and devastating, the play premiered in 2017 at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse, playing to numerous venues across America. Now the show arrives at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 2, applying its boldness and brilliance to the portrait of a generation.
Playwright Anna Ziegler’s catalogue of works include the widely produced and acclaimed Photograph 51 (directed in 2015 in the West End by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman), as well as The Last Match, Boy and A Delicate Ship.
Heartbreaking, intelligent and vital, Actually tickets are now available to book through Official London Theatre on this page.