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I Know How I Feel About Eve - Hampstead Theatre

I Know How I Feel About Eve

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

LISA Spirling directs Colette Kane’s new play, I Know How I feel About Eve at Hampstead Theatre. Opening the Downstairs season for 2013, it runs from Friday, January 25 to Saturday, February 23.

Jo and Alex are the perfect professional couple – the ideal modern family. But at the centre of their comfortable lives a void has opened and Jo is desperate to find a solution. Her unorthodox route leads to Gloria and an attempt to reverse the rules of nature.

I know How I feel About Eve examines the potential effect of the evolution of modern science on our lives today and the controversial role it will play in future years to come.

The cast comprises Michele Austin (as Gloria), Kirsty Bushell (Jo) and Chris Harper (Alex).

Michele Austin’s stage credits include The Riots (Tricycle Theatre), Sixty-Six Books (Bush Theatre), Wild Child (Royal Court Theatre), The Lost Mariner (Rough Cuts – Royal Court Theatre), Generations (Young Vic) and The Chain Play (Almeida Theatre). She has also appeared on television in Holby City, EastEnders, Outnumbered and Silent Witness.

Kirsty Bushell’s stage work includes Belongings (Hampstead Downstairs/Trafalgar studios), Twelfth Night (RSC), 13 and Danton’s Death (National Theatre), Plenty (Sheffield Theatres), A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (Lyric Hammersmith), Peter and Vandy (Theatre 503), Edmund (Wiltons Music Hall), Pornography (Tricycle Theatre) and Angels in America (Headlong).

Her television credits include True Love, Silent Witness, Midsomer Murders and Injustice.

Chris Harper has appeared on stage in The Village Bike (Sheffield Theatres), A Kid Like Jake (Old Vic New Voices), Persuasion and After Miss Julie (Salisbury Playhouse), Saturn Returns (Finborough Theatre), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Arcola Theatre), Man of the Moment and Private Fears in Public Places (Northampton); and on television in Upstairs Downstairs, Doctors, The Roman Mysteries and Life on Mars.

Director Lisa Spirling is making her Hampstead Theatre debut. Her credits include Michael Frayn’s Here (Rose Theatre Kingston), Hundreds and Thousands (Soho Theatre), Boeing Boeing (Alley Theatre Houston Texas), Terminal 4 Play (Theatre503, Latitude Festival), Cotton Wool (Theatre 503, Meyer Whitworth Award Winner), Idiot of Ants (Pleasance, Edinburgh/Tour) and Beowulf (Storm on the Lawn Theatre Bath).

Spirling was also Associate director on Headlong’s Enron directing the West End recast and regional tour, ETT’s The Hypochondriac and Neil LaBute’s In A Forest Dark and Deep at the Vaudeville Theatre. She was the recipient of the prestigious Creative Residency Award at the Hospital Club.

Also making her Hampstead debut is Colette Kane, whose writing credits also include Belong (Arcola Theatre), Ways To Look At Fish (Theatre503), Hatch (Liverpool Everyman), Gods Young Sand (Nabakov), Praise and Play and Dead Dog (Trafalgar Studios) and Scarlett and the Silent Disco (Liverpool Playhouse).

I Know How I Feel About Eve is designed by Polly Sullivan, with lighting by Mike Gunning and sound by Richard Hammarton.

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions and access £6. First four performances – all tickets £5. For every 9 tickets get the 10th free. To book, call 020 7722 9301 or visit www.hampsteadtheatre.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Saturday matinees at 3.15pm.

Tu I Teraz continues in the Downstairs Theatre until January 19, 2013; while on the Main Stage, Di and Viv and Rose runs from January 17 to February 23, 2013.