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Playing With Grownups - Theatre503

Ben Caplan and Trudi Jackson

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

PLAYING With Grownups, by Hannah Patterson, will receive its world premiere at Theatre503, where it runs from May 14 to June 8, 2013.

That’s the problem, isn’t it. Now we can have it all, we’re expected to bloody do it all. Or want to do it all… If I didn’t have so much sodding expectation, I’d never know I’d settled for so much less.

Joanna’s just had a baby and she’s regretting it. But doting husband Robert is pretending that everything’s fine. The last thing either of them needs is a visit from their academic colleague Jake – Robert’s boss and Joanna’s ex – turning up with an uninvited guest. Or maybe it’s exactly what they need.

Playing With Grownups is a frank and funny exploration of relationships and what it means to be a woman. The play is set in an instantly recognisable urbane, career-driven world, where the characters are questioning the choices they have made.

Hannah Eidinow (An Instinct for Kindness and the national tour of Maurice’s Jubilee) directs a cast that includes Shane Attwooll, Ben Caplan, Daisy Hughes and Trudi Jackson.

Shane Attwooll’s recent theatre credits include Enron (Noel Coward Theatre), The Shawshank Redemption (Wyndham’s Theatre) and Cyrano De Bergerac (Chichester Festival Theatre). He has also appeared on television in Dark Matters, Titanic, Foyle’s War and Spooks.

Although Ben Caplan is best known for his role in Call the Midwife (as PC Peter Noakes), his other TV credits include Whitechapel and Dark Matters. He has previously appeared at Theatre503 in Pushing Up Poppies.

Daisy Hughes trained at RADA and recently appeared in The Illusion (Southwark Playhouse).

Trudi Jackson’s theatre credits include several shows directed by Hannah Eidinow including Simpatico (Old Red Lion Theatre), Terror 2010 and Terror 2009 (Southwark Playhouse), and Road Rage and The Depth (Arcola Theatre). On television, she has appeared in The Bill and Gavin and Stacey.

Playing With Grownups, is Hannah Patterson’s second play. It was longlisted for the 2011 Bruntwood Prize, and the script was developed during a residency with Paines Plough. Her first play, Much, was also directed by Hannah Eidinow.

Presented by KPS Productions and HP Productions in association with Pleasance and Theatre503, with the support of the Jersey Arts Trust, Playing With Grownups is designed by Simon Scullion, with lighting by Nicholas Holdridge, costume design by Natalie Price and sound design by Tom Wilson.

Tickets: £15/£10 – available from the box office on 020 7978 7040 or online at

Times: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.45pm, Sundays at 5pm.

Simon Donald’s Evening Standard Award-winning play The Life of Stuff continues at Theatre503 until May 4, 2013.