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Cuckoo - Unicorn Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NATHAN Curry will direct Suhalya El-Bushra’s insightful new play Cuckoo, which runs at the Unicorn Theatre from Tuesday, January 14 to Saturday, January 25, 2014.

A razor-sharp study of an unlikely friendship between Nadine and Jenny, two teenage girls from very different backgrounds, and Jenny’s mother Erica, Cuckoo explores the consequences that occur when the lines of responsibility get blurred.

Erica is bored. She used to go on research trips to the Congo, now all she has is Woman’s Hour, Waitrose and wearisome dinner parties. Then one morning she discovers her daughter’s new and only friend sitting in the kitchen and life gets interesting. But how far will she go to protect a child that’s not hers, and what will she have to sacrifice?

Sarah Malin plays Erica, with Eden Howard as Jenny and Kate Lassman-Long as Nadine. Howard and Lassman-Long are both part of the Unicorn Young Company and are making their professional stage debuts.

Sarah Malin’s theatre credits include Unrivalled Landscapes (Orange Tree Theatre), Say It With Flowers and Blue Sky (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs) and Here Lies Mary Spindler (RSC). On television, she has appeared in What Remains, EastEnders, Doctors and Silent Witness, all for the BBC.

Cuckoo is the Unicorn’s second production for adults following the success of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Monkey Bars in 2012 and is part of a new programme of work that explores what it means to be a young person today.

Suhayla El-Bushra worked as a teacher and a youth worker and spent part of her childhood in Khartoum, Sudan. Her debut play, Pigeons, opened as part of the Royal Court’s Open Court Season. Her previous work for stage includes the Bush Theatre’s 66 Books programme of plays, while her other writing credits include television’s Hollyoaks and Doctors. She has also developed an original screenplay, Left Luggage, as part of the Guiding Lights scheme where her mentor was Christopher Hampton.

Cuckoo is designed by Georgia Lowe and Assistant Director is Anne Stoffels.

Tickets: Adults £22, Concessions £13, Under 21s £10, Preview (January 14) all tickets £10. To book, call the box office on 020 7645 0560 or visit www.unicorntheatre.com/.