STEPHEN UNWIN DIRECTS THE WORLD PREMIÈRE OF
TIM WALKER’S NEW PLAY BLOODY DIFFICULT WOMEN
AT RIVERSIDE STUDIOS
Wind of Change, in association with Cahoots Theatre Company, today announce the world première of Tim Walker’s Bloody Difficult Women, charting the events behind the court case Gina Miller brought against Theresa May in 2016 and what has ensued. Stephen Unwin’s production opens at Riverside Studios on 1 March at 7.30pm, with previews from 24 February, and runs until 26 March.
Tim Walker said today: “There are a lot of people who do not want this play to be staged, and, in all honesty, I couldn’t give a damn. I’m determined to see it go on, no matter what, as it is about so much more than a courtroom showdown between two determined women. It explains how we’ve got ourselves into this bloody awful mess. It is a play that is not so much angry, as incandescent with rage.”
Wind of Change
in association with Cahoots Theatre Company
The world première of
BLOODY DIFFICULT WOMEN
By Tim Walker
Director: Stephen Unwin; Designer: Nicky Shaw; Lighting Designer: David Howe
Sound Designer: John Leonard
24 February – 26 March
“If standing up for what you believe to be right is being ‘bloody difficult’, then so be it”
Tim Walker’s brand-new drama sees the tumultuous political events of recent years played out in a power struggle between two determined women.
His intensely human account of the court case Mrs Miller brought against Mrs May makes for revealing and often very funny theatre, but ultimately it’s a tragedy, where there are no winners, only losers.
Walker brings the story bang up to date in a dramatic finale which says so much about the deep divisions we still have in our country.
Tim Walker is an author, broadcaster and British Press Award-winning journalist. He had a unique insight into the cases Gina Miller brought against the governments of Theresa May and Boris Johnson as he advised her on media strategy on both occasions. He has worked in staff positions on The Observer, the Daily Mail and The Sunday Telegraph, where he was the theatre critic. More recently, he has written columns for the Daily Mirror and The New European. He stood briefly as the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate in Canterbury in the last election. Star Turns, his latest book, was published in September.
Stephen Unwin directs. Unwin founded the English Touring Theatre in 1993. For the company, he directed more than 30 productions of classical and new plays, including award-winning productions of Hamlet with Alan Cumming, Hedda Gabler, Henry IV Parts One and Two with Timothy and Samuel West, King Lear with Timothy West, The Seagull with Cheryl Campbell and Ghosts with Diana Quick and Daniel Evans. These transferred to the Donmar and the Old Vic. He produced two plays by Jonathan Harvey and Peter Gill’s award-winning The York Realist as well as Sir Peter Hall’s production of Uncle Vanya. In 2008, he became Artistic Director of the new Rose Theatre in Kingston, which he ran until January 2014. His productions there included Hay Fever with Celia Imrie, The Importance of Being Earnest with Jane Asher, The Lady from the Sea with Joely Richardson, The Vortex with Kerry Fox and Day in the Death of Joe Egg with Ralf Little. He hosted the very successful Time to Talk series with 50 leading actors and personalities. Also an author, he has written 10 books on theatre, drama and related subjects, as well as numerous articles for newspapers and journals. He is also is active in campaigning for the rights of the disabled. He is Chairman of KIDS, a national charity which provides a wide range of services for disabled children, young people and their families.
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