In Rehearsals With… One Last Thing (For Now), Old Red Lion Theatre

Opening at the Old Red Lion Theatre on the 7th March, images of the cast of  Althea Theatre’s production One Last Thing (For Now) now in rehearsals have been released. 

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This world premiere production presented by Althea Theatre is inspired by a number of love letters that were written during times of conflict, crossing different cultures and languages.

It has been written and developed over the last two years by Lilac Yosiphon with the ensemble.

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An officer in Russia cannot bear to tell a woman, far away in Wales, that her husband has died. Instead, he writes her love letters pretending to be him. A woman in London awaits a letter that will never come while another skypes love messages to her boyfriend in Afghanistan. Elsewhere, a soldier addresses his last letter to his former teacher who refused to join the army. And a hundred years ago, a woman wants to send her touch to her husband, so she cuts off her hand and puts it in an envelope, and goes on a journey to the other side of the world to deliver it herself.

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Aiming to showcase a compassionate and honest cultural exchange, One Last Thing (For Now) interweaves stories from WWI in Northern England, WW2 in France and Germany, the civil war in Colombia and stories from contemporary Britain and Israel and sees the cast performing in their native tongue as well as other languages.

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Talking about the show Lilac Yosiphon said: “It was just the beginning of the centenary and I remember reading a postcard from 1914 saying ‘All My Love x’ and a last text from a soldier that was killed a week before but in 2014. Both said the exact same thing, only in a different time, a different place and a different language.”

The ensemble for the production includes Sam Elwin, Carolina Herran, Cole Michaels, Katerina Ntroudi, Tom Shah, Thomas Wingfield, Elizabeth Stretton and  Josephine Arden.

The production features set and costume designs by Elliott Squire, sound by Mark Sutcliffe, lighting by Matthew Cater and music by Angus McRae.

One Last Thing (For Now) will play at the Old Red Lion Theatre from the 7th March until the 25th March. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/one-last-thing-for-now.html