Of Kith and Kin

by Chris Thompson
A Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres co-production
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‘He can’t call you both Dad. One of you should be Dad and the other one Daddy, surely?’

Daniel and Oliver are about to have their first baby. With their best friend, Priya, acting as surrogate, they’ve turned the study into a nursery and the bottles are sterilised. All that’s missing is the bundle of joy they’ve been pining for.

But when Daniel’s chaotic mother gatecrashes the baby shower with a few home truths, the cracks in Daniel and Oliver’s relationship begin to show. Are they as ready for this as they think they are? And more importantly, is Priya?

Everyone knows you can choose your friends. Chris Thompson’s gripping new comedy takes us to the heart of what happens when we choose our family too.

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A co-production with Sheffield Theatres.

This is a past event 18 Oct 2017 to 25 Nov 2017
“a powerful and touching play that questions family values"
Broadway World UK
“a funny, biting and chilling comedy about surrogacy and family”
The Stage
“a modern, sophisticated comedy drama”
Boyz
“an intimate look at family"
Broadway World UK
“Funny, moving and thought provoking”
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Joshua Silver
Joshua Silver plays Oliver. For theatre, his work includes Photograph 51 (Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre), Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies (Aldwych Theatre/Winter Garden Theater, Broadway), A Tale of Two Cities (Royal and Derngate), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe), Trelawny of the ‘Wells’ (Donmar Warehouse) and The Hotel Plays (Grange Hotel). For television his work includes The Moonstone.
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Chetna Pandya
Chetna Pandya plays Priya. Her recent theatre work includes Guess Who’s Coming To Tea (Hampstead Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Mother India (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Pereira’s Bakery at 76 Chapel Road, Mahua, The Westbridge (Royal Court), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC) and A Disappearing Number (Complicite). Her recent television work includes Motherland, Aliens, The Wrong Mans, Count Arthur Strong, Line of Duty and Toast of London.
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James Lance
James Lance plays Daniel. His theatre work includes The Dead Monkey (Park Theatre), Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense (Duke of York’s Theatre and UK tour), Ingredient X (Royal Court Theatre), Pythonesque (Underbelly, Edinburgh), Ordinary Dreams (Trafalgar Studios) and Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse). His television work includes Hoff the Record, I Want My Wife Back, Houdini and Doyle, Siblings, Black Mirror, Hotel Babylon, Sensitive Skin, Absolute Power, Teachers, The Book Group, Spaced and I’m Alan Partridge; and for film, The Bookshop, Northern Soul, Swansong, The Look of Love, Estranged, The Roundabout, Bel Ami, Bronson and Marie Antoinette.
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Donna Berlin
Donna Berlin plays Arabelle. Her theatre work includes Anna Karenina (Royal Exchange/West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Rolling Stone (Royal Exchange, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Orange Tree Theatre), Blood Wedding, The Bacchae (Royal & Derngate), Elmina’s Kitchen (UK tour, Garrick Theatre) and Puffins (Nabokov/Southwark Playhouse). For television, her work includes Requiem, Game Face, New Tricks, Extras, Lead Balloon and Beautiful People; and for film, In Darkness, Monochrome and Dinner with My Sisters.
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Joanna Bacon
Joanna Bacon plays Lydia and Carrie. She returns to Sheffield Theatres having previously appeared in Iphigenia. Her other theatre work includes Scarlett (Hampstead Theatre), Each Slow Dusk, In This Place (Pentabus Theatre), Gaslight (New Vic Theatre), Spring Storm, Beyond The Horizon (Royal & Derngate, Northampton and National Theatre), Calais (UK tour). Her television work includes Prime Suspect 1973, Cradle to Grave, Him & Her, The Shadow Line, Wallander; and for film, A Quiet Passion, Rock’n’Rolla, Venus and Love Actually.

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25 Apr
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Josephine Liptrott
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25 Apr
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Nastazja Somers 🤜🏻
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25 Apr
@FertilityFest @bushtheatre No problem at all. So looking forward to it!
Nathalie Barclay
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25 Apr
Damn there is good theatre out there at the moment. Saw #Misty @bushtheatre last night. *reeling* And seems like… https://t.co/NVbiyAdcWr
Tom Ross-Williams
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25 Apr
Saw #MistyThePlay @bushtheatre yesterday, and cannot stop thinking about it. I have nothing to compare it to - it w… https://t.co/OFIVfMsVaB
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22 Apr

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