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Actually - Trafalgar Studios

Yasmin Paige

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ANNOUNCEMENT Productions is presenting the European premiere of Actually at Trafalgar Studio 2. Written by Anna Ziegler and directed by Oscar Toeman, it runs from August 6 to August 31, 2019.

One night. Two people. Three truths.

In our age of fake news, victim shaming and #metoo; and hot on the heels of recent documentaries It Happened One Night (Louis Theroux/ BBC) and Sex on Trial (Channel 4), Actually is an urgent exploration into our need for an absolute truth when faced with opposing versions; can we ever truly know what happened between two people behind closed doors?

Amber and Tom hook up at a party at their elite American university and spend the night together. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but what actually happened between them?

Through conflicting accounts of a college hook up, Actually boldly delves into the messiest of grey areas and the intersectional complexities of race, religion and gender, controversially picking at our individual biases and internalised prejudices in ‘he said, she said’ cases of sexual consent.

This is Anna Ziegler’s first play in London since Photograph 51, which starred Nicole Kidman, and won Best New Play and Best Actress at the WhatsOnStage Awards and the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress. Ziegler’s other plays include The Last Match and Boy.

Actually is performed by Simon Manyonda (pictured below) and Yasmin Paige (pictured top).

Yasmin Paige is best known for films Submarine and The Double (both directed by Richard Ayoade) and her lead roles in television’s Pramface, The Sarah-Jane Adventures and Glue. Her recent stage credits include Circle Mirror Transformation (Home MCR), and Ah Wilderness! (Young Vic).

Simon Manyonda

Simon Manyonda appears in the BBC’s upcoming His Dark Materials and featured in The Bay (ITV) as well as appearing opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dame Emma Thompson in the BBC production of King Lear. On stage, his recent credits includes Alys, Always (Bridge Theatre), The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse), Barbershop Chronicles (National Theatre) and King Lear with Glenda Jackson (Old Vic).

Oscar Toeman directed the multi Offie-nominated After October at the Finborough Theatre and was Associate Director of the National Theatre’s production of Oslo. He was a recipient of an MGC futures bursary, a finalist for the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award in 2018, and is the runner up of this year’s JMK Award.

Actually is suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets: £20 – £30. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7632 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm.

Running Time: 90 minutes.

Also at Trafalgar Studios: Robert Chevara’s acclaimed production of Philip Ridley’s Vincent River (until June 22) and award-winning comedy Education, Education, Education (May 31 to June 29, 2019).