A love story with a difference at the Ustinov Studio
Thursday 29th September – Saturday 5th November
Written by John Mighton
Directed by Nancy Meckler
The Ustinov Studio’s Autumn Season of Plays from North America begins with an award-winning Canadian comedy. HALF LIFE is a heart-warming story of love between two elderly residents in a nursing home.
Patrick was once a mathematician and codebreaker. Clara is a beautiful innocent with a fading memory. Will their adult children be able to come to terms with their own feelings as the romance between their parents blossoms? HALF LIFE explores the nature of life, memory, aging and the transformative power of love with humour and tenderness.
The elderly couple are played by Patrick Godfrey and Helen Ryan, aged 83 and 78, respectively. Patrick Godfrey’s stage and screen career has stretched over more than forty years, and he was most recently on stage in His Dark Materials and Three Sisters at the National Theatre. Helen Ryan visited Bath last year in David Hare’s The Absence of War, and was recently in Tom’s Midnight Garden for Birmingham Stage Company.
Playing son Donald is Raymond Coulthard, whom Ustinov audiences will remember for his lead role inMonsieur Popular, in last Autumn’s Season of French Farce. Daughter, Anna, is played by Patricia Potter, well-known for her role as Diane Lloyd in four years of Holby City.
The cast also includes Ishia Bennison who became a household name playing Guizin Osman in the original cast of EastEnders; Silas Carson (Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Derngate & Royal, Northampton; Drawing The Line, Hampstead Theatre) and Holly De Jong (Playing for Time, Crucible Theatre).
Nancy Meckler returns to the Ustinov Studio having directed the highly-acclaimed Play Strindberg in the 2014 season of Three Black Comedies. The first woman to direct at the National Theatre, with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, she is also known for her work with the universally-acclaimed Shared Experience.
John Mighton is an acclaimed Canadian playwright, and also a Professor of Mathematics. He was a script advisor on the Oscar-winning film Good Will Hunting and his play Possible Worlds was made into a film, directed by Robert Lepage.
HALF LIFE plays the Ustinov Studio from Thursday 29th September – Saturday 5th November. Tickets are on sale now from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, or online atwww.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov
The Ustinov’s Season of Plays from North America continues with Trouble in Mind, directed by Laurence Boswell. Alice Childress’s vivid description of life backstage in 1950’s America, where an African-American cast are working with a white director, stars Tanya Moodie, Olivier Award-nominated for her role in the Ustinov’s Intimate Apparel, and RSC actor Joseph Marcell, whose performance as the Zimbabwean president in Breakfast with Mugabe, opened the new Ustinov Studio in 2008. Trouble in Mind runs from 10th November – 17th December.