Joe Coen joins Michelle Collins for A Dark Night in Dalston at Park Theatre

Joe Coen (Bad Jews) joins stage and screen actress Michelle Collins for the premiere of A Dark Night in Dalston at London’s Park Theatre.

Penned by award-winning writer Stewart Permutt, this funny and touching play follows a fateful evening when an assault brings together two Londoners from different communities.

A Dark Night in Dalston sees director Tim Stark return to Park Theatre, following 2014’s highly acclaimed Jonah and Otto by Robert Holman.

It’s Friday evening on a council estate in Dalston. Gideon, a young, observant Jewish man from the other side of town is attacked.

The warm-hearted and quirky Gina insists on protecting him in her flat. As Gideon recovers, dusk falls and Sabbath begins, meaning no strictly observant Jew can travel by any form of transport.

Gideon is intrigued and beguiled by Gina and, as the night draws in, temptation and passions rise while Gina’s husband Billy lies bedbound next door.

One night, one secret. What will these two lonely Londoners have to face in the morning?

Michelle Collins says: “I love theatre, but upon returning to it after a long time in TV I found that there were a real lack of roles for working class women of a certain age.

“I therefore took the decision to be proactive and work with a great playwright to create an interesting and textured part.

“The play’s principal themes focus on loneliness and loss of community, which I believe increasingly affects a lot of people in this country.

“I’m especially excited about performing this play at Park Theatre, as I grew up in Islington and this is where my roots are.”

Michelle Collins has appeared in both EastEnders and Coronation Street, 2000 Acres of Sky, The Illustrated Mum and Miss Marple.

Her theatre credits include Rattle of a Simple Man (Comedy Theatre), The Glass Supper (Hampstead Theatre) and more recently Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), Kindertransport (Chickenshed, London) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour).

Joe Coen’s theatre credits include: Bad Jews (Arts Theatre, West End, St James Theatre and Ustinov Studio Bath); The Mighty Walzer (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Rubenstein Kiss (Nottingham Playhouse); Edward II (Royal Exchange Manchester); The Black Diamond (Punchdrunk) and Birdsong (West End original cast).

His TV credits The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies (ITV/NBC) and Da Vinci’s Demons (Starz/BBC Worldwide).

A Dark Night in Dalston runs on the PARK90 stage from March 7-April 1.

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