The Bush Theatre on Uxbridge Road, London W12 8LJ re-opened in its new premises last week, the former Shepherd’s Bush Library. I went along to the launch party organized by my friend Susannah Herbert, a talented journalist and previously editor of the Sunday Times Review section, before deciding to take a sabbatical and spend more time with her stunning daughters.
I arrived late for the pre-curtain drinks so dashed to the bar. It had been a long day at work so I grabbed a glass of wine and took it into the theatre – I’m glad I did.
Our New Girl, by Nancy Harris runs till 11th Feb 2012. If you are brave enough this is a play not to miss. But be prepared, the subject matter is pretty close to home for many of us mothers. Whether you are pregnant and considering leaving your job after your baby is born, on maternity leave and deciding whether to go back, a working or a stay at home mother, this play will touch you.
I laughed so much in the first ten minutes, empathising totally with the main character a pregnant previous lawyer now with a cottage industry, a troublesome 8 year old and an often absent husband. My laughter soon dried up as the story progressed. I won’t spoilt it for you, but the acting was superb and the tiny theatre means that you are totally engaged with the four actors. But heed my warning, you may find this play as disturbing as I did!
The bumph off the leaflet reads:
“Behind the shiny door of Hazel Robinson’s perfect London home nothing is as it seems. Hazel’s plastic surgeon husband Richard has embarked on his latest charitable quest, leaving the heavily-pregnant Hazel with a failing business and a problem son.
When a professional nanny arrives unannounced on the Robinsons’ doorstep, Hazel finds her home under the shadow of a perfect stranger with an agenda of her own.
Hot on the heels of her last play No Romance, Nancy Harris’ hit play Our New Girl is a startling psychological drama about the darker side of modern parenthood.
Bush Theatre Box Office: 020 8743 5050