While We’re Here

by Barney Norris
Bush Theatre, Up in Arms and Farnham Maltings co-production
World Premiere

‘I remember the crunch of the gravel under my feet, and thinking my life might be over. I might have had all of my fun. And then him. And we don’t get to choose who we fall for.’

Eddie and Carol were lovers once, but their lives went in different directions. Now they meet again in a town full of memories, and find something still burns between them.

On the country’s southern margin where the towns give way to the English Channel, both search for the centre of their lives. Will they find a way to let go of the past for the sake of their futures?

Alice Hamilton’s productions of Barney Norris’s previous plays Visitors and Eventide for Up In Arms have been described as ‘heartbreaking’ (New York Times), ‘outstanding’ (Times), ‘astonishing’ (Evening Standard) and containing ‘all the still, sad music of humanity’ (Guardian).

A moving new play from acclaimed touring theatre company Up In Arms in co-production with the Bush Theatre and Farnham Maltings.

Supported using public funding from Arts Council England. Early development seeded by house.

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Tessa Peake-Jones
Tessa Peake-Jones plays Carol. She is most well-known for playing Raquel in the television series Only Fools and Horses. She returns to the Bush Theatre where she previously appeared in Crossing the Equator. She stars as Mrs Maguire in ITV’s Grantchester, and has had a long and varied career including: Unforgotten (ITV), Marchlands (ITV), Doctor Who (BBC) and Legacy (BBC). Her recent stage credits include: Beacons (Park Theatre), Home (Arcola), Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola), The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder (National Theatre), The Park (Pit Theatre/RSC), Hamlet, A Comedy of Errors (RSC).
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Andrew French
Andrew French plays Eddie. He last appeared at the Bush in I Like Mine with a Kiss. His other stage credits include: This Flesh of Mine/When Nobody Returns (Border Crossings), The Iphegenia Quartet (The Gate), Bully Boy (Mercury Theatre Colchester), Boi Boi Is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Roundabout Season (Paines Plough), Refugee Boy (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Julius Caesar (RSC), Six Characters In Search Of An Author (Aquila Theatre Usa), Measure For Measure (Almeida Theatre), Monster (Royal Exchange Manchester), As You Like It (Wyndhams Theatre London), Reference To Salvador Dali...(Arcola/Young Vic London),The Taming Of The Shrew (Nottingham Playhouse), Merchant Of Venice (Royal National Theatre), Troilus And Cressida (Royal National Theatre), The Merchant Of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre), Things Fall Apart (West Yorkshire/Royal Court Theatre), The Tempest (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre), The Tempest (Shared Experience).

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