Fri 26 - Sat 27 October 2018

Autumn 2018 | Theatre
A Made in Colchester production

✭✭✭✭✭ "A Powerful, beautiful production."

What holds families together?

What tears them apart?

What’s brewing in the silences?

1996. London. It’s Ewa’s birthday. Her daughter Anna is coming home from university with a secret to share but Maria has some news of her own. As wartime memories of Siberia resurface, old steps are retraced to uncover the secrets of the past and a Polish heritage that unites and divides them.

Nicola Werenowska’s funny and fascinating new play hurtles between Warsaw and London over two decades and three generations of a Polish/British family.

“Catch it if you can: this is a delicate and bold piece of work” (Damian Thompson, The Telegraph, 2013 on Nicola Werenoswka’s TU I TERAZ)

“Thoughtfully crafted, deeply absorbing and sensitively directed by Wiltshire Creative associate director Jo Newman” (The Stage on Hansel at Salisbury Playhouse, 2018)

A Mercury Theatre Colchester, Wiltshire Creative and Unity Theatre Liverpool Production.

Directed by Jo Newman | Design by Baska Weslowska


Kate Spiro - Ewa

Kate has recently finished filming alongside Benedict Cumberbatch on James Graham’s forthcoming film for Channel 4 with the working title Brexit. She trained with the National Youth Theatre of GB and subsequently at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School over 35 years ago.

Her wealth of experience since ranges from Fringe to Regional Repertories, the RSC, National, Broadway and West End stages as well as Film, TV, Radio, Commercials and Corporate work as both Actor and Consultant/Coach. Her leading theatre roles include the unwitting feminist Nora in Ibsen’s The Dolls House and the delusionary Amanda in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.

TV: Oedipus At Colonus; Iphegenia At Aulis; EastEnders; Brookside; To Be The Best; Natural Lies; The Bill; An Ungentlemanly Act; Down To Earth; Holby City; Hollyoaks; Doctors; Brexit.

Film: An Ungentlemanly Act; Brexit and shorts Dignity; The Farm; I Wouldn’t Wish The Eighties On Anyone.

Theatre: Outside Edge, Cider with Rosie, The Dresser (Cheltenham Everyman); Good (RSC for Aldwych theatre & Broadway); The Gaps in Augustus (Orchard Theatre); Time and Time Again (Edinburgh); Twelfth Night (Plymouth Theatre Royal); Hard Times, Diary Of A Scoundrel, Hamlet, The First Quarto (Orange Tree Theatre); Bedroom Farce (Exeter Northcott); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC for Ambassadors Theatre); Lorca’s Women (RSC Barbican platform); The Shaughraun, Bartholomew Fair (Olivier, National); The Doll’s House (Basingstoke Haymarket); The Silver King (Chichester Festival); Hobson’s Choice (Derby Playhouse); Murder in Green Meadows, Building Blocks (Southampton Nuffield); Frobishers Gold, Hotbed Shorts (Menagerie Cambridge & Latchmere Battersea); The Glass Menagerie (New Wolsey, Ipswich). And most recently a rehearsed reading of a new piece In The Attic exploring the relationship between Grace Poole and Bertha Rochester (Jane Eyre) with plans for further R&D and a production in 2019.

Kate is proud to be a member of the original actors co-operative agency, ACTORUM.

Tina Gray - Maria

Training: Royal Academy of Music. Drama Dept. 1958-61

Theatre: Talking Heads – Soldiering On (Leeds Playhouse); Murder, Margaret And Me, The Importance of Being Earnest (Salisbury Playhouse); Tartuffe (Tobacco Factory, Bristol); Damned Rebel Bitches (Poorboy, tour of Scotland); Steel Magnolias, Don't Look Now (Hornchurch); The Singing Stones (Arcola); The History Boys (National Theatre); The Ghost Train (Brockley Jack); To Kill a Mockingbird, Habeus Corpus, Enjoy, Pygmalion, Noises Off (York Theatre Royal); A Passionate Woman (Keswick); Endgame, The White Devil (Liverpool Everyman); On Golden Pond, A Woman of No Importance, Flamingoland, Perfect Days (New Vic); The Glass Menagerie, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Martin Chuzzlwit (Coventry); Relative Values (Theatre Royal, Bath, tour); Our Ellen (ongoing one woman play, written for her by Richard Osborne); 13 Panto Fairies, across the land, a particular favourite being Fairy Grizelda in Babes In The Wood at Colchester Mercury.

Television includes: The Last Kingdom; Scott and Bailey; Doctors; Heartbeat; Coronation Street.

Film includes: Agatha Christie's The Crooked House; The Decoy Bride; Above The Clouds; Arifa; Angels in Notting Hill; Streets in the Sky; and 5 Rosamund Pilchers for German TV.

Radio includes: Over 1,500 Radio plays and readings for the BBC including The Archers, The Vicar of Wakefield, The Piano, Mill on the Floss, Persuasion and Murder at the Vicarage. Member of the BBC Radio Drama Company 1993-4.

Maira Lois - Anna

Maria trained at ALRA. Theatre credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire (English Touring Theatre/NST/ Theatre Clwyd), Chicken Palace (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Low Level Panic (The Albany/StoneCrabs Theatre Company) and Selfie Rules (Team Angelica/Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Television credits include: Kiss of Death (October Films/Talos Films), Coconut (BBC3), People Just Do Nothing (Series 1 & 2 BBC) and Doctors (BBC).

Feature Film credits include: Six from Eight (6 from 8 Productions) and Follow Me (Samurai Films).


To come



show details

Dates: Fri 26 - Sat 27 Oct
Times: 7:30pm 
Running time: TBC
Prices: £14 (£10 Concessions)
Charges:  £1.50 postage

Venue: Unity One

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