Date: 13 July – 11 August
Signed performances: Tuesday 24 July at 7.45pm, Saturday 4 August at 2.45pm
Captioned performance: Wednesday 1 August at 7.45pm
Venue: Minerva Theatre
Tickets: from £20. Prologue tickets for 16 – 25 year olds for £5.
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A new play by Charlotte Jones
Directed by Natalie Abrahami
THE MEETING by Charlotte Jones receives its world premiere at the Minerva Theatre, directed by Natalie Abrahami and running from 13 July – 11 August, with a press night on Thursday 19 July. Gerald Kyd, Lydia Leonard and Jean St Clair will lead the company, which is completed by Leona Allen, Laurie Davidson, Jim Findley and Maggie Service.
Rachel has been the voice for her deaf mother since she was born but now she is restless to be heard for herself. Together, they have found sanctuary in a Quaker community that reveres silence. But the world is at war and it is becoming ever harder to live in Friendship. When a stranger arrives in their midst, their fragile peace is set to shatter.
This powerful new play from the acclaimed writer Charlotte Jones is a spellbinding exploration of the timeless challenges of bringing the truth to light.
Charlotte Jones’s multi award-winning play Humble Boy transferred to the West End and Broadway following a sell-out run at the National Theatre. Her other work includes The Lightning Play at the Almeida Theatre, The Dark at the Donmar Warehouse andMartha, Josie & The Chinese Elvis (UK tour).
Gerald Kyd’s many National Theatre credits include Three Winters, Children of the Sun and The Cherry Orchard, and the title role inThe Rover and Trigorin in The Seagull for the RSC. Television includes Casualty and Humans.
Lydia Leonard was most recently seen in Oslo at the National Theatre and the West End. She was Tony Award-nominated for her role as Anne Boleyn in the RSC’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies; her screen credits include Virginia Woolf in Life in Squares.
Jean St Clair recently won Best Actress for the second time at Clin d’Oeil, the major French Deaf Film festival, for Signs of an Affairwhich she also wrote. Her theatre credits include Let Me Play The Lion Too (Told by an Idiot/Barbican), The Government Inspector(Birmingham Rep/Ramps on the Moon) and Children of a Lesser God (West End/national tour).
Director Natalie Abrahami makes her Chichester debut; her recent productions include Queen Anne (RSC/West End) and Happy Days (Young Vic). She was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill from 2007 – 2012, and Associate Director of the Young Vic.