HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS/THE PETER WOLFF TRUST PRESENT

GIVING

By HANNAH PATTERSON
Directed by BIJAN SHEIBANI

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes without an interval

£5 - £12 (See ticket information)
Limited availability

There seem to be a lot of people out there with a lot of money who don’t quite know what to do with it

Downstairs

12 May - 11 Jun 2016
£5 - £12

Box Office: 020 7722 9301

Laura has been commissioned to write an exclusive profile of businesswoman extraordinaire Mary Greene, who has recently become a leading philanthropist.

But as Laura digs deeper into Mary’s charitable motivations, she discovers a much more interesting angle. Michael, Mary’s “Charitable Giving Advisor”, seems to have an inordinate amount of influence over her decisions. Is it right that he wields so much power when his motives and priorities might not stand up to scrutiny? Or does the rationale for – and the morality of – philanthropic giving matter less than the outcome? It’s always better to give than to receive. Isn’t it?


Hannah Patterson’s absorbing new play asks whether giving to charity can ever truly be altruistic and who actually gains the most - the recipient, the donor or the broker? Hannah’s theatre credits include Come To Where I’m From (Paines Plough/Southbank Centre), Playing With Grown Ups (Theatre503/Brits off Broadway) and MUCH (Cock Tavern), which she is adapting for film. 

Director Bijan Sheibani makes his Hampstead Downstairs debut. His recent theatre credits include A Taste of Honey and Emil and the Detectives (both National Theatre) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida).

 

Artistic team

WRITER

HANNAH PATTERSON

DIRECTOR

BIJAN SHEIBANI

DESIGNER

LUCY SIERRA

LIGHTING

JOSHUA PHARO

SOUND

MARC TEITLER

Cast

A Cup of Tea With... Giving's Sinéad Matthews

Posted on 24 May 2016

We caught up with Sinéad Matthews to get the lowdown on Giving

A Cup of Tea With... Giving's Simon Manyonda

Posted on 23 May 2016

We catch up with Simon Manyonda about his role in Hannah Patterson's Giving

A snapshot of Giving in the UK

Posted on 13 May 2016

We take a closer look at how the UK donates to charity

Giving: Full cast announced

Posted on 21 April 2016

The full cast for Hannah Patterson's Giving will be Sylvestra Le Touzel, Simon Manyonda, Sinéad Matthews and Dominic Rowan

Two new Downstairs shows announced

Posted on 5 April 2016

Hannah Patterson's Giving and Andrew Keatley's Alligators announced Downstairs

First five performances: All tickets £5
Full price: £12
Seniors: £10 (matinee only)
Under 30s and Students: £10
Access: £6
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free

Video and Image Gallery

Sinéad Matthews (Laura) Sinéad Matthews (Laura)
Dominic Rowan (Jonathan) Dominic Rowan (Jonathan)
Sylvestra Le Touzel (Mary) Sylvestra Le Touzel (Mary)
Sinéad Matthews (Laura) and Simon Manyonda (Michael) Sinéad Matthews (Laura) and Simon Manyonda (Michael)
Bijan Sheibani (Director) Bijan Sheibani (Director)
Hannah Patterson (Writer) Hannah Patterson (Writer)
Simon Manyonda (Michael) and Sinéad Matthews (Laura) Simon Manyonda (Michael) and Sinéad Matthews (Laura)
Sinéad Matthews (Laura) Sinéad Matthews (Laura)
Sylvestra Le Touzel (Mary) Sylvestra Le Touzel (Mary)
Simon Manyonda (Michael) Simon Manyonda (Michael)
Dominic Rowan (Jonathan) Dominic Rowan (Jonathan)
Simon Manyonda (Michael) Simon Manyonda (Michael)
Sinéad Matthews (Laura) Sinéad Matthews (Laura)