Southwark Playhouse cures New Year blues with The Here and This and Now

Simon Stokes directs Simon Darwen, Becci Gemmell, Tala Gouveia and Andy Rush in Glenn Waldron’s dark and enigmatic comedy The Here and This and Now at Southwark Playhouse.

The play takes an intriguing and intelligent look at the medical industry and asks in these politically uncertain times, how high is the price of progress?

An office away-day. A newly recruited sales team for a pharmaceutical company learns the ropes.

But does their work really make a difference? What exactly is the drug they are selling?

Change is swiftly coming and they asking all the wrong questions…

Science and civilisation collide in Glenn Waldron’s darkly funny play.

Fiendishly original, The Here and This and Now interrogates office workplace culture and the cataclysmic consequences of antibiotic resistance.

A former journalist and editor of i-D magazine, Waldron’s first play Forever House was also commissioned by Theatre Royal Plymouth and premiered at the Drum in 2013.

Waldron’s Natives opened to critical acclaim at Southwark Playhouse last year.

Simon Darwen’s theatre credit’s include Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint/Toronto/Tour), Flare Path (Tour), Lizzie Siddal (Arcola), Mad About The Boy (Young Vic) and Love, Love, Love (Paines Plough/Drum Theatre /National Tour).

His TV credits include Call the Midwife, Silent Witness, The Bletchley Circle and The Bill.

Andy Rush’s theatre credits include Love Lies and Taxidermy (Paines Plough/Clwyd Theatre Cymru/Sherman Cymru), Tipping The Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith) and Jumpers For Goalposts (Paines Plough).

His television credits include Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This; Casualty, Waterloo Road, and Wizards Vs Aliens.

Becci Gemmell’s theatre credits include Noises Off (Nottingham and Tour), Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange), Taming of The Shrew (International Tour and Shakespeare’s Globe).

Her television credits include Casualty, Doctors, Call the Midwife, Code of a Killer and Land Girls (Series 1-3).

Tala Gouveia’s theatre credits include Husbands & Sons (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeares’s Globe) and White Tuesday (Arcola Theatre).

Television credits include Plebs (ITV), The Tracey Ullmann Show (BBC), Love Sick (Channel 4).

The Here and This and Now and The War Has Not Yet Started will be performed in rep at the Southwark Playhouse from Jan 10-Feb 10.

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