Brexit impact play to have online staging

Published: 3 December 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Tina Hofman plays Ana in Pepper and Honey

Notnow Collective is to stage a free online performance of its show Pepper and Honey which was due to tour in autumn 2020 and was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic.

The digital première of Kristina Gavran’s play, delivered as a two-part live audience experience, will take place on Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 December at 7PM.

Tina Hofman, Notnow Collective’s artistic director, said, “we like many others in the industry have been left reeling from the impact of COVID on theatre. But rather than sit and wait to see what 2021 brings, we wanted to find a way of bringing our timely and pertinent show to an audience.

“COVID has taken over all talk of Brexit but we know that Brexit is heading our way soon in terms of the impact that it’s going to have on the UK and its citizens. That’s why Pepper and Honey is still important for our audiences to see and be part of.”

Written by a Croatian playwright and performed by a Croatian actor, Pepper and Honey is a “poignant, subtle and timely play about the journey of change, cultural differences, trying not to feel like a foreigner in your adopted country and the conflict between upholding the traditions of the ‘old country’ and embracing those of the new.”

Pepper and Honey premièred at Derby Theatre in spring 2019 before opening the Voila! Europe Festival in London at the end of the year.

Hofman performs in the play which is directed by Tilly Branson. It is designed by Eleanor Field. Composer is Jovana Backovic, lighting is by James Stokes, sound is by Adam McCready and Kitty Randle is movement director.

The online performance has been funded by The Library Presents, a diverse programme of arts activities in libraries across Cambridgeshire.