HAMPSTEAD DOWNSTAIRS / CELIA ATKIN PRESENT THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
By Hannah Khalil
Directed by Audrey Sheffield
Just ask me. To help. It’s what I’m here for. I want to.
1 - 31 Dec 2020
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Life as a mother is full of challenges: there’s the house to be paid for, a high-pressure full-time job, and a daughter who has started having nightmares. So it’s a relief when grandma steps in to help: dealing with the school run, preparing the daughter’s dinner, reading the bedtime story… everything suddenly becomes easier. But what starts as desperately needed support gradually begins to feel pernicious. Best not to look too closely. Questioning things might lead to the end of this essential arrangement. And then the telephone starts to ring in the middle of the night…
Hannah Khalil’s Hampstead debut is a dark thriller that explores motherhood and the secrets that no mother could ever share with her child.
Hannah's plays include A Museum in Baghdad (RSC/Kiln); Interference (National Theatre of Scotland); Scenes from 68* Years – (Arcola - James Tait Black Award shortlisted) and The Scar Test (Soho).
Audrey Sheffield makes her Hampstead Theatre directorial debut. Her directing credits include Twenty Twenty (Young Vic), The Effect and Apologia (both English Theatre, Frankfurt); The Dark Room (Theatre503 - Nominated for Best Director Offies 2017) and We Too Are Giants (Kiln).
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Hannah Khalil, writer of our upcoming Downstairs World Premiere Sleepwalking, takes us behind-the-scenes of the first day of rehearsals.
Eileen Nicholas and Jeany Spark will star in Hannah Khalil's dark thriller about motherhood, directed by Audrey Sheffield Downstairs from 26 March.
First five performances: All tickets £5
The next twelve performances: £12
Performances thereafter: £14
Seniors*: £10 (matinee only)
Under 30s and Students: £10
Groups: For every 9 tickets get the 10th free