The London première of 19th Street Productions’ Catherine and Anita follows a successful debut at last year’s Edinburgh Festival. Derek Ahonen’s one-woman show starring Sarah Roy as Catherine, opens on 9th February with previews from 7th February and running until 24th February 2018.
All hell breaks loose when a tortured young misﬁt named Catherine strikes up a friendship with the mysterious Anita. As their unlikely relationship develops, their world escalates into a violent cycle of destruction and revenge. Told over the course of decades, Catherine and Anita is a dark comedy about heartbreak, illness and ultimately how those in need so often slip through life’s cracks.
Sarah Roy recently answered a few questions that we put to her about Catherine & Anita.
Q: Can you tell us about 19th Street Productions?
Sarah: I trained and worked as an actor in New York for a number of years so I gained a real interest in new American writing. I want UK audiences to experience some new writing/writers they might not have seen before. I’m also passionate about making challenging, exciting and affective theatre.
Q: What can you tell us about Catherine and Anita?
Sarah: Catherine and Anita is a dark comedy about a woman overcoming the obstacles in her life with the help of her best friend. It’s a story about love, friendship and also the destruction that can be caused by unchecked
Q: How are you specifically addressing ‘mental illness’ and slipping through the cracks?
Sarah: The play is very cleverly written so that the specific mental illness is only alluded to towards the end of the play when the audience will be able to piece it all together. One of the main issues dealt with in Catherine and
Anita is just how lonely living with a mental illness can be. There is often a stigma attached to mental health issues and we wanted to show the importance of having people to talk to whether that be friends and family or a professional and just how destructive it can be when there is no support.
Q: Having seen the production, what are you hoping the audience will take away with them?
Sarah: I hope the audience will come on our journey of laughs, tears and end up with a greater awareness of the struggle of living with mental illness.
Q: What next for you in 2018?
Sarah: Derek and I are aiming to take Catherine and Anita to the US later this year which will be exciting. He is a fantastic writer and I am looking forward to continuing my collaboration with him in 2018 and beyond!
Sarah Roy plays Catherine. As part of the Amoralist Theatre Company she starred in Bring Us The Head of Your Daughter (PS122), Animals and Plants (The Gershwin Hotel) and The Bad and The Better (Playwrights Horizons). Her London theatre work includes The Drunken City (Tabard Theatre); and for television, Glue. In addition, she is the founder and Artistic Director of 19th Street Productions in London.
19th Street Productions present
The London première of
Catherine and Anita
Written and Directed by Derek Ahonen
7 – 24 February
Press night: 9 February 9:30 pm
The King’s Head Theatre
Performed by Sarah Roy; Directed by Derek Ahonen