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Tu I Teraz (Here and Now) - Hampstead Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN by Nicola Werenowska and directed by Sam Potter, Tu I Teraz (Here and Now) runs at the Hampstead Theatre Downstairs from December 20, 2012 (previews from December 18) to January 19, 2013.

If you want to survive you can’t fill your head with the past. Truths and untruths, it’s dangerous, all of it. You leave all that. You look forwards.

Marysia moved to England a long time ago. As far as she is concerned she has started a new life here with her teenage son, Kuba. But when her sister Anna arrives from Poland unexpectedly it forces her to think again about her choices.

Should you leave your past behind and start over again or is where you come from the most important thing about you? And has Marysia really left everything from her past behind or is she hiding a secret?

Tu I Teraz (Here and Now) is billed as a moving, intelligent and vibrant new play about immigration and family loyalties.

The cast includes Ania Sowinski (as Marysia), Anna Elijasz (Ana) and George Lasha (Janusz). Further casting will be announced shortly.

Ania Sowinski’s stage credits include Troilus And Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe), Our Town (Anglo American Theatre) and Sunday In The Park With George (National Theatre). On screen, she has appeared in Luther, Law And Order, Murderland, Silent Witness, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Waking The Dead, Casualty, Spooks, Holby City, Loving Ludmilla, Rosemary And Thyme, Lloyd And Hill, Happiness, The Bill, Reach For The Moon and Roger Roger.

Anna Elijasz made her stage debut in Invisible (Transport Theatre, UK and European Tour). Her credits whilst training include Summerfolk, The Astonished Heart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Juan In Soho, Three Sisters, Far Away, The Relapse, Women Of Troy, King Lear and Little Me – all for The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

George Lasha’s stage credits include Bluebeard (Bristol Old Vic), Do We Look Like Refugees?! (Rustaveli Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival), Two For The Seesaw, Giorgi Mazniashvili, Wunderkind, The Landscape Lacks Warmth and Historic Tale ( Marjanishvili Theatre) and Posterity and White Flags (Basement Theatre). His screen work include Spam, Five Days Of August, Springtime and 37.

Currently Literary Manager at Out of Joint, Sam Potter’s directing credits include A Sexual Congress and In Spitting Distance (NT Platform), The Head Of Red O’Brien (Oran Mor), Arden Of Faversham (White Bear Theatre), Heroes (NT Education Tour), Peapickers (Eastern Angles), Snowbound and Shit-Mix (Trafalgar Studios), Cosi Fan Tutte (Glyndebourne Festival and on tour), Tom Stoppard Retrospective (High Tide Festival) and Breathing Corpses (Theatre Souk).

Nicola Werenowska’s other writing credits include Davy’s Day, Aftermath, Japanese Stories, Peapickers, Hurt, Dreamdance, Freedoms of the Forest, Not So Dead End and Camlodunum.

Presented by Little Grey Cells in association with Mercury Theatre Colchester, Tu I Teraz (Here and Now) is designed by Kerry Bradley, with lighting by Matt O’Leary and sound by Steve Mayo.

Tickets: £12 full price, £10 concessions, £10 Seniors (matinees only), £6 Access, £10 previews. For groups, buy 9 tickets for any performance and get the 10th free. Available from the box office on 020 7722 9301 or online at

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm, Saturday matinee at 3.30pm.