Cast announced for Theatre Centre’s Wish You Weren’t Here on tour

Casting has been announced for Theatre Centre’s latest production Wish You Weren’t Here.

A comedy that delves into family dynamics and body image issues, the show will open in January at Sheffield Theatres, Playhouse, followed by a UK tour through March 2024.

The play, written by Theatre Centre’s Resident Writer Katie Redford, a humorous yet touching exploration of the challenges of growing up and the complexities of family relationships. The story focuses on Lorna, who desires a night out to reconnect with her daughter, Mila.

However, Mila, a 16-year-old, is more concerned about global issues and the societal pressures exemplified by a ‘Beach Body Ready’ poster. As the mother-daughter duo checks into their seaside hotel room, they realize their once-beloved vacation spot, and their relationship, both need serious attention.

The production will mark Olivia Pentelow’s (Ridley) professional stage debut in the role of Mila. She will be joined by Eleanor Henderson (Little Scratch, Henry V) who will play Lorna. Rob Watt, known for his work on Human Nurture and Birds and Bees, will direct the play.

This world premiere has been developed in collaboration with hundreds of young people through Theatre Centre’s acclaimed Future Makers process. The creative team includes lighting designer Jess Brigham, movement director Kiren Virdee, sound designer Tom Sharkett, set designer Bethany Wells, movement director Kiren Virdee, company stage manager Laura Whittle and production manager Brent Tan. Artwork is by Guy J Sanders.

Writer Katie Redford said: “Wish You Weren’t Here has been one of the most collaborative experiences I’ve ever had as a writer. Working with hundreds of young people across the country whilst creating this play has been such a joyful and insightful process and I’m so looking forward to sharing our work.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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