This month we’re starting rehearsals for Visitors by Barney Norris, a compassionate and wryly comic love story set in a farmhouse, where elderly couple Arthur and Edie reminisce about their lives together and contemplate the changes to come. Their son Stephen has hired twenty-something stranger Kate to move in and care for Edie as her mind begins to unravel…
“You look at a wedding photograph, it looks like the end of a story. I s’pose that’s the books we read when we’re babies. But it’s not an ending, is it?” – Edie in Visitors
Actor, Director and former Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, Robin Herford, plays Arthur. Robin is best known as the director of Steven Mallatratt’s phenomenally successful adaptation of The Woman in Black, which has been running in the West End for 30 years. Trained as an actor, he started his career in 1976 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and has appeared in the original production of more of Alan Ayckbourn plays than any other actor. Amongst his many other acting credits he has also played Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black in London, Singapore, India, Hong Kong and New Zealand, Frank in Educating Rita at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and appeared in Only Fools and Horses (BBC), Casualty (BBC), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Thames Television). Robin is also known to Coliseum audiences as one of the theatre’s favourite visiting directors, having most recently directed the Coliseum’s productions of Relatively Speaking, Gaslight and Boeing Boeing.
Liz Crowther plays Edie. Liz has performed in over a hundred theatre productions throughout her career. Her recent credits include: Kite at Soho Theatre; The Witch of Edmonton, The White Devil and The Roaring Girl with Royal Shakespeare Company; and Middlemarch at Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond-upon-Thames.
Kitty Douglas plays Kate. Kitty graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2017 and auditioned at the Coliseum’s Open Auditions as part of the inaugural Cultivate Festival in 2018. Her credits include: BestGirl88 for Retract The Abstract; Blowing Your Paradise Away for Lump’s Room and Never Have I Ever for Get Over It Productions.
Ben Porter plays Stephen. Ben was last at the Coliseum playing Robert in 2015’s production of Boeing Boeing, for which he was nominated for the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His other credits include: Ten Times Table and Improbable Fiction at The Mill at Sonning and the international tour of Heartbreak House.
The Coliseum’s production of Visitors will be directed by the theatre’s Acting Artistic Director Chris Lawson. Chris’ directorial credits for the Coliseum include: Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara, Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey; Tom Wells’ The Kitchen Sink and Jumpers For Goalposts and Stephen Jeffreys’ adaptation of Hard Times.
Designer Sammy Dowson returns to the Coliseum following 2018’s production of A Taste of Honey and 2016’s production of Hard Times. Sammy was Designer-in-Residence at Orange Tree Theatre, designing over 70 production between 1996 – 2014. Her work has since taken her to St James Theatre, Edinburgh Festival and The Dukes, Lancaster as well as the Coliseum.
The Coliseum’s production runs from Thursday 18 April – Saturday 4 May. Click here to learn more and book tickets.