Chalet Lines

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A Bush Theatre production in Association with Live Theatre, Newcastle

Some women long their whole lives to be asked that, to be asked how they are, if just by a complete stranger.

Butlins Skegness, Chalet Number 12, where the Walker women have been holidaying since 1961.

This year it’s Nana Barbara’s seventieth and everyone’s airing their dirty laundry. Loretta’s had too many camp cocktails, Jolene’s fallen tits over teeth for a Redcoat, Abigail’s harbouring more than knickers and hairspray in her suitcase.

A shockingly funny journey through five decades of birthdays, weddings and hen dos, which asks can we ever really cut the apron string that ties us to our parents?

Read what audiences are saying here.

This production is generously sponsored by Gianni and Michael Alen-Buckley

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Robyn Addison

Theatre includes: Mongrel Island, Realism (Soho Theatre), The Rivals (Theatre Royal Bath & West End).

Television includes: More Than Words, Survivors, Starlings, Waterloo Road, George Gently and The Street.

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Sian Breckin

Theatre includes: The Baron (Old Vic & Time Warner Ignite), The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic), The Importance of Being Earnest (Antic Mind Theatre) and Christine (New End Theatre).

Television includes: Scott & Bailey, George Gently, Heartbeat, The Royal and DCI Banks.

Film includes: Tyrannosaur and Donkey Punch.

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Monica Dolan
Monica has recently appeared on television as straight-talking Senior Comms Officer Tracey Pritchard in W1A (BBC Two); Leonora Quine in Strike: The Silkworm (BBC One); Alice More in Wolf Hall (BBC Two); Tess Wall in JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy (BBC One); MI5 director Judith in Complicit (Channel 4), and as Janet McIntyre in Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution (BBC One), adapted for television by Sarah Phelps. Other TV credits include: Agatha Christie's Poirot – After The Funeral (ITV); U Be Dead (ITV); Inside No.9 (BBC Two) and Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge (Sky). Her film credits include: Eye in the Sky, Pride, The Falling, Alpha Papa (The Alan Partridge Movie) and The Arbor. Onstage, Monica has appeared in The Glory Of Living, Plaques and Tangles and Birth Of A Nation (all Royal Court); The Same Deep Water As Me (Donmar Warehouse) and She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre). Monica has worked extensively at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she took on the roles of Regan and Masha in Trevor Nunn’s productions of King Lear and The Seagull. For the Bush Theatre, Monica starred as Loretta in Chalet Lines, by Lee Mattinson, and performed in NASSIM at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. The Bush also hosted previews of The B*easts before its premiere and sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, where it won the Edinburgh Stage Award, and was longlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Monica’s most notable role was as killer Rosemary West in ITV’s 2011 drama Appropriate Adult; she won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress.
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Laura Elphinstone

Theatre includes: Top Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre, Trafalgar Studios), A Month in the Country (Chichester Festival Theatre), Pains of Youth, Women of Troy (National Theatre), Bedroom Farce (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Breathing Corpses and Country Music (Royal Court).

Television includes: My So Called Life Sentence and Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Film includes: The History Boys.

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Gillian Hanna

Theatre includes: Brighton (Garter Lane Theatre), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Theatre Royal Waterford & tour), Many Roads to Paradise (Finborough), Ivanov (National Theatre), Night Songs, Fire Face (Royal Court) and Medea (Queen’s Theatre).

Television includes: StrikeBack, George Gently, Kindness of Strangers, The Heart Surgeon and Brookside.

Film includes: Oliver Twist, The Heart of Me, All the Queen’s Men and Les Miserables.

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24 Mar
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23 Mar
@StephensSimon @EevLee @bushtheatre @_HighTide_ It's such a lovely play. Very moving.
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23 Mar
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23 Mar
Off to @bushtheatre for the final London performance of The Trick by the totally brilliant @EevLee - so glad I got to catch it!
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23 Mar
Lovely to be invited back to @bushtheatre to write my fourth pub quiz for them. As ever, the markers at half-time a… https://t.co/8HBx6tbrkW
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19 Mar

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