Tu i Teraz

Little Grey Cells presents at Hampstead Downstairs

Downstairs: Tu i Teraz (Here and Now)

By Nicola Werenowska

Directed by Sam Potter

18 December - 19 January

Archived £6 - £12
"If you want to survive you canʼt fill your head with the past. Truths and untruths, itʼs dangerous, all of it. You leave all that. You look forwards."



“Catch it if you can: this is a delicate and bold piece of work” – Damian Thompson, The Telegraph

“consistently imbued with invaluable insights, offering audiences important and moving glimpses of émigré life… There’s a strong cast under Sam Potter’s direction, with Sowinski and Strepan particularly convincing. Recommended.” – The Morning Star

“Nicola Werenowska…. with a talented cast under the direction of Sam Potter… has created a play that is well worth seeing and which promises much for the future.” British Theatre Guide

“Ania Sowinski is outstanding as Marysia” West End Frame

“The detail in Mark (Strepan’s) performance was truly amazing. A privilege to watch Mark perform.” West End Frame

A new play by Nicola Werenowska. Directed by Sam Potter.

Marysia moved to England a long time ago. As far as she is concerned she has started a new life here with her teenage son, Kuba. But when her sister Anna arrives from Poland unexpectedly it forces her to think again about her choices. Should you leave your past behind and start over again or is where you come from the most important thing about you? And has Marysia really left everything from her past behind or is she hiding a secret?

A moving, intelligent, vibrant new play about immigration and family loyalties.

Nicola Werenowska’s previous credits include Davy’s Day and Aftermath (both Mercury Theatre), Peapeakers (Eastern Angles), Not So Dead End (Menagerie/BBC) and Camlodonum as part of Come To Where I’m From (Paines Plough).

Reuniting with Werenowska is Sam Potter (Out of Joint) whose previous directing credits include A Sexual Congress (NT Platform), Heroes (NT Education Tour), Snowbound (Trafalgar Studios) and Cosi Fan Tutte (Glyndebourne Festival and on tour) and associate directing credits include Coriolanus (RSC) and Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre).

This play contains scenes of an adult nature

On 7th January Barbara Storey from the Polish charity SOS Polonia will join the cast and company of Tu I Teraz (Here and Now) to host a special performance to raise money for the production and celebrate Polish culture in the UK. After the show, ticket holders are invited to join us in the bar for food, drinks and more…


A Cup of Tea with... Tu i Teraz (Here and Now) actor Ania Sowinski

We spoke to Ania Sowinski (pictured, right) about being bi-lingual, her first job and Quentin Tarantino. Ania is currently playing Marysia in Tu i Teraz (Here and Now) which runs until 19 January. …

Tu i Teraz (Here and Now): Learning Polish

Actor Mark Strepan blogs about learning Polish.

A Cup of Tea with... Tu i Teraz actor Anna Elijasz

We caught up with Anna Elijasz between rehearsals about moving from Poland to attend drama school, what attracted her to the play and playing a prince. Anna will play Anna in Tu i Teraz (Here and No…

Tu i Teraz (Here and Now): A Writer's Introduction

Nicola Werenowska introduced Tu i Teraz (Here and Now)

Cast & Crew

Artistic Team


Nicola Werenowska


Sam Potter


Kerry Bradley


Matt O’Leary


Steve Mayo


Anna Elijasz

George Lasha

Ania Sowinski

Mark Strepan