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Casting announced for Chemistry at the Finborough Theatre

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CASTING has been announced for the European premiere of Chemistry. The acclaimed multi award-winning American play by Jacob Marx Rice, it runs at the Finborough Theatre from October 29 to November 23, 2019.

Caoimhe Farren plays Steph, with James Mear as Jamie.

It doesn’t feel like a disease, it feels like… falling in love. Your heart races, and your skin tingles. It’s perfect. At first.

Steph struggles with chronic depression. Jamie just overachieved himself off the deep end. When they meet in their psychiatrist’s office, sparks fly and they stumble unexpectedly into a beautiful relationship. But how do you trust someone else when you are already in a battle with your own brain?

Last year, 70.9 million prescriptions for antidepressants were dispensed in England alone, while, in the United States, an estimated 15.5 million Americans have taken antidepressant medication for at least five years and over. With dark humour, a beautiful soundtrack and captivating visuals, Chemistry is an intimate, frank and uncompromising examination of the chemicals we take and how they impact our ability to love.

Caoimhe Farren’s theatre includes The Ferryman (Gielgud Theatre), V.E. (King’s Head Theatre), Outsiders, Clickbait (The Bunker), Confidence/Supply, Carnivores and Girls and Dolls (Southwark Playhouse), EleXion (Theatre503), Growth (Old Red Lion Theatre) and Dancing at Lughnasa (Ireland tour). She has also appeared on television in Derry Girls and Doctors.

James Mear’s theatre includes Pardoned (The Other Palace), Romeo and Juliet (Stockwell Playhouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brockley Jack Theatre and Garden Shakespeare), Dates and Measures (Churchill Theatre), and Troilus and Cressida (To The Elephant). His theatre while training includes City of Angels, Much Ado About Nothing, Blue Stockings, Waiting For Godot and The Beggar’s Opera.

Presented by Sloshed Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, Chemistry is directed and designed by Alex Howarth and has lighting and video design by Rachel Sampley.

To book, call the box office on 01223 357851 (calls are free but there will be a 5% booking fee) or visit

Also at the Finborough Theatre: The Niceties, a two-hander starring Janie Dee and Moronkẹ Akinola (until October 26, 2019).