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In a farmhouse at the edge of Salisbury Plain, a family is falling apart. Stephen can’t afford to put his mother into care; Arthur can’t afford to stop working and look after his wife. When a young stranger with blue hair moves in to care for Edie as her mind unravels, the family are forced to ask: are we living the way we wanted?

“An absolute beauty, by turns funny, tender and desperately sad.” The Telegraph

A beautiful and sharply funny love story, Visitors takes a haunting look at the way our lives slip past us. Direct from a national tour and a sell-out run at the Arcola Theatre, the cast includes two Bush Theatre alumni: the award-winning Linda Bassett (East is EastCalendar GirlsGrandma’s House) and celebrated actor Robin Soans (HamletAs You Like It, RSC; The Contingency Plan, Bush Theatre; The Queen, Granada Film).

Nominated for the Evening Standard’s Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Presented by Up in Arms in association with the Bush Theatre.

 

This is a past event 26 Nov 2014 to 10 Jan 2015
Outstanding. See this.
The Times
A quietly — but utterly — magnificent piece of writing. Be a visitor to it.
Evening Standard
Tissues are rummaged for and tears sniffed back... a stunning, stirring production.
TimeOut
Beautifully judged and performed play about married love and the ache of separation.
The Stage
Sparkling script... touches a universal sadness at the core of human experience, tempered by warm humour and vibrant love.
WhatsOnStage
It’s difficult to decide where to start in listing what Norris gets right.
Evening Standard
An absolute beauty, by turns funny, tender and desperately sad.
The Telegraph
Infinitely touching.
The Guardian

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Eleanor Wyld
Eleanor Wyld
Eleanor trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include Bedroom Farce/Separate Tables (Salisbury Playhouse);Visitors (Arcola Theatre/National Tour); Unscorched (Finborough Theatre); Dances Of Death (Gate Theatre); The Astronaut’s Chair (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Shiverman (Theatre 503); His Teeth (Only Connect); Rigor Mortis (Finborough Theatre); Antigone (Southwark Playhouse); The Deep Blue Sea (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Romeo And Juliet (Brighton Dome/Inservice Productions); Liar Workshop (Bath Theatre Royal/National Theatre Young Company); Amy’s Wedding(Youth Music Theatre: UK, The Garage Theatre, Norwich); Nos Vie Un Rose (Nymt, Birmingham Hippodrome); Still Life (Guildhall); Six Characters Looking For An Author (Guildhall); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Guildhall); Tipping The Velvet(Guildhall); King Lear (Guildhall); Pajama Game (Guildhall); Agamemnon(Guildhall); The Seagull (Guildhall). Television credits include Holby City (BBC); Doctors (BBC); Misfits Series 4 (Channel 4); Black Mirror: The National Anthem(Channel 4); Casualty (BBC); Honest (Greenlit Productions); You Can Choose Your Friends (Avalon); Coronation Street - 2 Episodes (Granada). Film credits include The Rules of Textual Attraction; Bonobo (Bonobo Films); Johnny English Reborn (Intelligence Films Ltd);The Manual (Britpack Film Company); Freestyle (Revolver Films).
Simon Muller
Simon Muller
Simon studied at Edinburgh University and trained at LAMDA. Theatre credits include Visitors (Up In Arms/Arcola), Epsom Downs (Salisbury Playhouse), Government Inspector (Young Vic), The Odyssey, Hamlet, The Seagull, Round 2 (The Factory), Vanity Fair, The Winter’s Tale (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh),Love’s Labour’s Lost, In Extremis, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet(Shakespeare’s Globe), The Grizzled Skipper, The Cage (Nuffield, Southampton),Venezuela (Arcola), Hamlet (Haymarket, Basingstoke), Markings (Traverse Theatre and Southwark Playhouse), War Stories (AZ Theatre/OH!Art), Habitats (The Gate),Natural Inclinations (The Finborough), The Lie (King’s Head), As You Like It(Natural Perspectives). Film includes Madam Bovary, Anna Karenina. Television includes Silent Witness, The Bill. Radio includes The Changeling (BBC Radio 3). Simon is an Associate Member of The Factory.
Linda Bassett
Linda Bassett
Linda's theatre credits include Visitors (Arcola) Roots (Donmar Warehouse),People (National) Love & Information (Royal Court) In Basildon (Royal Court);Wastwater (Royal Court); A Winter’s Tale (RSC) Pericles (RSC); Phaedra (Donmar Warehouse) Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams (Finborough Theatre); Love Me Tonight (Hampstead Theatre); Lucky Dog (Royal Court); Richard III (Globe Theatre); Taming of the Shrew (Globe); John Gabriel Borkman (English Touring Co); Out in the Open (Hampstead, Birmingham) Far Away (Royal Court, Wyndhams). Film credits include Effie, West is West (BBC Films), The Reader, Calendar Girls,The Hours, The Martins, East Is East. Television credits include The Life & Adventures of Nick Nickleby (“Mrs Smike”), Spies Of Warsaw, Grandma’s House (2 Series), Larkrise To Candleford (4 Series), Sense and Sensibility, This Little Life,Our Mutual Friend, Far From the Madding Crowd.
Robin Soans
Robin Soans
Robin Soans theatre credits include Hamlet (RSC), As You Like It (RSC), Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre), The Belle’s Stratagem (Southwark Playhouse), The Stock Da ’Wa (Hampstead Theatre), Pieces of Vincent (Arcola Theatre), Palace of the End (Arcola Theatre), The Rivals (Southwark Playhouse), On the Beach (Bush Theatre), Resilience (Bush Theatre), Coriolanus (The Globe), On Ego (Soho Theatre), The Holy Terror (Duke of York), Anything Goes (Royal National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Loves Labour’s Lost (RNT), A Prayer For Owen Meany (RNT), Push Up (Royal Court), Another Country (Arts Theatre), Ghosts (Comedy Theatre), Jump Mr Malinoff Jump (Soho Theatre), Hamlet (Plymouth, Young Vic), Moonshine (Plymouth, Hampstead), Dead Funny (Watford Palace), The Invention of Love (RNT), The London Cuckolds (RNT), The Positive Hour (Hampstead / Out of Joint), Volpone ( RNT), Shopping and Fucking (Royal Court / Out of Joint), Waiting Room Germany (Royal Court), Stargazy Pie & Sauerkraut ( Royal Court), Raising Fires (Bush), The Country Wife (RSC), Venetian Twins (RSC), Murder in the Cathedral (RSC), Walpurgis Night (Leicester & Tricycle), Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Royal Court), Etta Jenks (Royal Court), Germinal (The Place Tour), Bet Noir (Young Vic), Thatcher’s Women (Tricycle & UK tour), Mayakovsky (Half Moon), Hamlet (Half Moon), Woyzec (Half Moon / Edinburgh Fest), Bed of Roses (Bush / Royal Court), Gringo Planet (The Gate), Queer Fish (BAC), Strongest Man in the World (Round House), The Worlds (Half Moon), Mahagonny (Half Moon). Television credits include Endeavour (Mammoth), Doctors (BBC), Silk (BBC), Casualty (BBC), The Bill (Talkback Thames), Waking the Dead (BBC), Holby City (BBC), Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions), Miss Marple (Granada), Casualty (BBC), Dalziel & Pascoe (BBC), The Russian Bride (Monogram), Dangerfield (BBC), Kavanagh (Carlton), Far From the Madding Crowd (Granada), Jonathon Creek (BBC), Inspector Morse (Zenith), The Marshall & The Mad Woman (HTV), Inspector Alleyn (BBC), Doctor Who (BBC). Film credits include The Last Hangman (Granada Film), The Queen (Granada Fim), Not Only But Always (Company Pictures), Method (Castel Films), The God Club (Little Fella Prod.) A.K.A (Independent Dreams) and Sabotage (Cinf B Productions). Robin is also an accomplished playwright, his most recent work Perseverance Drive premiered at the Bush Theatre in July.

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Christine
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18 Jun
@RaddingtonB This but with me forgetting my fob for @bushtheatre office every second day. (Including today.)
Deirdre O'Halloran
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18 Jun
30 close family and friends saw #LeaveTaking @bushtheatre on Saturday night; school friends including my best frien… https://t.co/Oz0lb8JV00
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18 Jun
Looking forward to catching @sarah_gordy from #JellyfishThePlay on @lorraine this morning @bushtheatre
Mark Cartwright
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18 Jun
Another evening of great theatre. Looking forward to #LeaveTaking at the @bushtheatre tonight; @Winsome_Pinnock’s d… https://t.co/s9yx8nYMO3
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18 Jun
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13 Jun

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