First time parents getting to grips with a screaming baby is a familiar scene and we all know that the night feeds are the worst.
But for one man and woman the moment is fraught with tension. Alex Waldmann and Adelle Leonce are set to star in the the world première of In The Night Time (Before the Sun Rises), directed by Ben Kidd, at London’s Gate Theatre from February 8.
A baby cries. A bottle breaks. A window smashes. Over the course of one night, mum and dad try to still their screaming infant – but as the hours grow longer, the world becomes elastic around them, and the horrors that scar our planet crash into the baby’s room. Should they ever have brought this child into such a wounded world?
This is Nina Segal’s first professionally produced play. In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises) takes a hallucinatory look at one couple’s experience of having their first baby.
Alex Waldmann plays Man. His theatre credits include Henry VI in The Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston), Widowers Houses (Orange Tree Theatre), Jonah and Otto (Park Theatre), The Knight of the Burning Pestle, The Duchess of Malfi (Sam Wannamaker Playhouse), All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, Hamlet, King John, A Soldier in Every Son and Richard III (RSC).
His television work includes Duchess of Malfi, The Night Watch, Psychoville and First Light. He is also the founder of SEArED theatre company.
Adelle Leonce plays Woman. Her theatre credits include Florence in Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith), Light Shining In Buckinghamshire (National Theatre) and The Dutch Courtesan (Shakespeare’s Globe-Wanamaker Festival). Her television credits include Shameless and Vera.
In the Night Time (Before the Sun Rises) runs at the Gate Theatre (Above The Prince Albert Pub, 11 Pembridge Road, London, W11 3HQ) until February 27 with previews from February 4.