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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: The Promise; Mad as Hell; Catherine and Anita; Di and Viv and Rose

09 February, 2018 — By Julie Tomlin

FOLLOWING their successful crowdfunding campaign last year, The Promise, a new play by the group of older artists SilverSage, is being performed as part of the New Diorama’s Invisible Women Festival this month. The play is based on transcripts and press reports following the arrest of Camden resident Charlotte Hough and her subsequent conviction for attempted murder for assisting the suicide of a friend who was terminally ill. Produced by Spare Tyre and directed by Isaac Ngugi, it is being performed on Wednesday, February 21, and Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24. More details on 020 7383 9034.

Part of Jermyn Street Theatre’s Scandal season, Mad as Hell, tells the story of hell-raising film star Peter Finch and Eletha Barrett who he met in Jamaica in the 1980s. Written by Cassie McFarlane and Adrian Hope, it examines the complexities of a relationship that scandalised Hollywood. More details on 020 7287 2875.

• Derek Ahonen’s one-woman show Catherine and Anita, starring Sarah Roy as Catherine, is the story of an unlikely relationship that escalates into violence and revenge. A dark comedy about illness and how people in need can fall through life’s cracks, it’s on at the King’s Head Theatre until February 24. More details on 020 7226 4443.

Di and Viv and Rose, Amelia Bullmore’s play exploring the highs and lows of female friendship, opens at Theatro Technis on February 13. The play, which opened at Hampstead Theatre in 2013 before transferring to the West End, follows the lives of three women whose friendship is forged when they meet aged 18 during their first term at university. More details on 020 7387 6617.

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