Stay With Me - Greenwich Playhouse
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
STUART Draper’s powerful and critically acclaimed play, Stay With Me, is currently being staged at Greenwich Playhouse.
Previously Posted: South London Theatre’s production of Stuart Draper’s new play Stay With Me can be seen at Greenwich Playhouse from July 26 to August 19, 2006.
This follows its success, not only with audiences but also with critics, when it was performed by the South London Youth Theatre in March this year.
Eighteen children, aged 13 to 17, will take part in Stay With Me: two plays that depict the events that take place over the same three nights, one set in a concentration camp and the other in a bombed-out school cellar in England.
Stay With Me (This Is My Story) begins on January 23, 1945. It’s very cold and the children in 5B47D are starving. But they have each other – because they are Jewish.
However, when Blieta, a young Sinti girl is thrown into their dormitory, she sparks off rivalries that question the alliances made, and throws into doubt the survival of the children present.
Stay With Me (That Lovely Land) also begins on January 23, 1945 when a stray bomb hits a school in the south of England, trapping six children in its cellar. No one knows they’re there and time is running out….
Slipping in and out of the past, Daisy revisits the night she grew up. She’s been doing it every night in her dreams for the past sixty years. But tonight is different. Because tonight Daisy is going home.
To ensure the production goes ahead, £4000 must be raised. As Stuart Draper, the play’s author and Melmoth’s Artistic Director explained:
“Costume hire, marketing, insurance costs all mount up. We’ve launched an online campaign to try and raise the funds. We’re confident we can do it – it’s a great show, and we have fantastic support.”
South London Theatre operates without any outside funding, and is run entirely by volunteers. Read more
Tickets: £10, £8 concessions
For more information call Greenwich Playhouse box office on 020 8858 9256 or visit Melmoth Productions website