Cast announced for Wish You Weren’t Here


A Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Centre co-production




By Katie Redford
Director Rob Watt
Designer Bethany Wells
Lighting Designer Jess Brigham
Sound Designer Tom Sharkett
Movement Director Kiren Virdee
Company Stage Manager Laura Whittle
Production Manager Brent Tan
Artwork Guy J Sanders

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse, Sheffield
Wednesday 24 January – Saturday 10 February 2024

Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Centre today announce the full cast for their production of new play Wish You Weren’t Here, written by Katie Redford (Tapped, Yellow Lips) and directed by Rob Watt (Birds and Bees, Human Nurture).

Eleanor Henderson (Henry V) will play the role of Lorna, and Olivia Pentelow (The Gallows Pole) will play the role of Mila. Both cast members make their Sheffield Theatres debut with Wish You Weren’t Here.

I might not be able to drive legally, but I’m pretty nifty in a dodgem

After all those extra shifts, all Lorna wants is a night out on the town and time to reconnect with her daughter. All 16-year-old Mila wants is for the world to stop burning. And for someone to take down that ‘Beach Body Ready’ poster. Please. As mum and daughter check into their ‘premium’ room where they can almost see the sea, they quickly discover that their favourite seaside town, which was once their annual sunny escape, could really use some attention – just like their relationship. 

Writer Katie Redford said:

“Wish You Weren’t Here has been one of the most collaborative experiences I’ve ever had as a writer. Working with hundreds of young people across the country whilst creating this play has been such a joyful and insightful process and I’m so looking forward to sharing our work.”

Wish You Weren’t Here
 is an exploration of family relationships, the agony of growing up, and how to find your way in the world when you can’t help thinking you’re just not good enough.

Co-produced by Theatre Centre and Sheffield Theatres, this world premiere production has been created in conversation with hundreds of young people across the country as part of Theatre Centre’s acclaimed Future Makers process.

Tickets for Wish You Weren’t Here are on sale now. Tickets can be booked through the Box Office in person, over the phone on 0114 249 6000 or at