Danielle Kassaraté (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Gielgud Theatre; The Color Purple, Curve Leicester), Richard Holt (Swallows and Amazons, National Theatre; Mr Popper’s Penguins, UK & US Tour) and Jude Chinchen (Casualty, BBC; Boys, Sky) will bring to life Safaa Benson-Effiom’s powerful debut play Til Death Do Us Part at Theatre503 this May. Directed by Justina Kehinde (Best of Enemies, Young Vic; UMUADA, Bunker Theatre/King’s Head Theatre), this portrait of love and loss looks at what happens to your relationship when the only thing holding you together, threatens to tear you apart.
A finalist in the 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award and Soho Theatre’s 2019 Tony Craze award, Safaa Benson Effiom has written a searing spotlight on relationships and parenthood. After 15 years of marriage, Daniel and Sylvia find themselves drifting further apart with each passing day. When they are abruptly united by every parent’s worst nightmare, the couple are forced into a confrontation with years of resentment and things long left unsaid rising to the surface, as they question how on earth they ended up in this position.
Writer Safaa Benson Effiom comments: Til Death Do Us Part was rattling around in my head for more than six years before I put pen to paper – it’s surreal that I finally get to share it with the world. It’s a joy to watch Justina and the rest of the creative team bring this play to life in a way I could never have imagined – I can’t wait for everyone to see it! Having my debut full-length play staged at Theatre503 is a life-changing moment … an absolute dream come true!
Lisa Spirling, Artistic Director at Theatre503 comments, We’re delighted to welcome another thrilling new voice to our stage. Safaa’s play speaks to us about love, grief and hope in a way we haven’t seen before. It’s particularly exciting to be welcoming back one of the graduates of our Trainee Producer Scheme, Darcy, making her professional debut along with Justina – three exceptionally talented artists, coming together with our support to bring this incredible script to life.
The production will feature set and costume design by Emeline Beroud (Bluebeard’s Castle, Asylum Chapel & Grimeborn Arcola; Nowhere Orange, The White Bear & Theatre N16), lighting design by Chris McDonnell (The Mikvah Project, Orange Tree Theatre; Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, Jermyn Street Theatre), composition & sound design by Tom Foskett-Barnes (WORK.TXT, Soho Theatre; The Beat of Our Hearts, Exeter Northcott) and movement direction by Tian Brown-Sampson (Two Billion Beats, Orange Tree Theatre; Heard, Camden People’s Theatre).
Til Death Do Us Part is a co-production between Darcy Dobson Productions and Theatre503. This is Darcy’s full-length debut as a producer, as she returns to Theatre503 after her tenure as Assistant Producer.
Tickets are available from https://theatre503.com/whats-on/til-death-do-us-part/ or 02079787040 priced from £10.