HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS / THE PETER WOLFF THEATRE TRUST PRESENT
DI AND VIV AND ROSE
By AMELIA BULLMORE
Directed by ANNA MACKMIN
Running time: 2hr and 20mins including interval
'How do you want to live here? I mean we could come and go and lead separate lives. Or we could really live together. What do you think?'
14 Sep - 15 Oct 2011
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
Aged 18, three women join forces. Life is fun. Living is intense. Together they feel unassailable. From the team that created the award winning Mammals, Amelia Bullmore’s new play crackles with wisdom and wit.
Di and Viv and Rose is a hilarious and thoughtful exploration of friendship’s impact on life and life’s impact on friendship directed by Anna Mackmin.
Mackmin is regarded as ‘one of Britain’s hottest directors’ (The Guardian, 2010).
We created the Hampstead Downstairs programme to give writers the opportunity to investigate their work in front of a paying audience, free from commerical pressures. It offers a truly stimulating experience in the theatre – plus the opportunity to participate in a process with the artists – because you have the licence to comment and feedback via the YOU DECIDE programme. You provide the critical context for the work via twitter, facebook – or just on an old fashioned postcard handed out at the end of the show!
Below are some comments and reviews sent in from our audience for Di and Viv and Rose:
BoomTish: ‘Get yourselves down to @Hamps_Theatre to see #DiVivRose – the cast are amazing – you won’t be disappointed’
OughtToBeClowns: ‘My heart is full of love for #DiVivRose @Hamps_Theatre some cracking writing and delicious performances. Heartbreaking stuff’
jrfrank: ‘#DiVivRose is a must see @Hamps_Theatre. Superb performances from all 3 actors. An absolute jewel’
Missharlyn: ‘Blakley, Walker and Outhwaite in #DiVivRose @Hamps_Theatre – 3 phenomenal actresses cast in the same space and time is a rare joy’
barbi001: ‘@Hamps_Theatre saw #DiVivRose last night. Great cast, great writing. Funny, touching and shocking – all at the same time. And GREAT soundtrack’
kraysler: ‘@Hamps_Theatre If I lived in London I’d go see #DiVivRose EVERY night!’
Sally Darling: 5 STARS
‘5 days on from seeing Di and Viv and Rose and I still feel the need to talk about it and to tell friends they must go and see it. Just like after finishing a favourite book, I feel envious of people about to meet the characters for the first time and go on their journey. Starting with small snatches of Freshers Week when the 3 girls meet and then longer insights in to their time sharing a student flat, you get to know them so quickly and care about them individually and their friendships, warts and all. The interval arrived and my friends and I just kept saying to each other how much we were enjoying it and couldn’t wait for more. Everything that happened to the girls in the second half affected us so much because, by that stage, we felt we knew them so well. The great writing by Amelia Bullmore (which made me laugh and cry a lot), has made this something special but the 3 actresses really do bring something to the characters that make you feel you know them. If I had it my way I’d have her write a book based on them, a film, a TV show…but for now, go straight to the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs and have a magical evening. Here’s to a transfer and I’ll have one more night with them myself!’
Natalie Jones: ‘If you like to support new writing, in a great intimate venue for the fraction of the cost of a West End ticket, then go and see the current new play of Amelia Bullmore’s ‘Di and Viv and Rose’. Really enjoyable and top acting to boot!’
Steve Blower: ‘Di and Vi and Rose. Highly recommended. Great acting and well written. Good to see it in a studio theatre’
YOU DECIDE POSTCARDS:
‘Very good indeed. Funny and highly reminiscent of my university days. Such lavish casting in such an intimate space. Hampstead Theatre is spoiling us theatregoers!’
‘Really enjoyed the development of the characters and watching the development of their friendships and the ability of true friendship to overcome differences’