‘Hidden’ Audience Feedback Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford, April 2017
“Very moving, was diagnosed as an adult in October 2016, felt Jess’s pain!”
“As someone not with dyspraxia but a similar learning disability, it was incredibly close to home and therapeutic- it felt as if it may have changed my life! It showed that there is hope for a ‘normal’ life with the condition…thank you! Beautifully acted as well!”
“I was impressed by the story; it covered so many aspects of relationships in a comprehensive and uncomplicated manner. The artists played their parts credibly.”
“As someone with dyspraxia it was really great to see it portrayed so honestly”
“Excellent performance. Very relatable & articulate”
“Brilliant script and execution. Thoroughly enjoyed myself!”
“Brilliant! So many emotions!”
“So realistic, amazing acting, so relatable!”
“A fantastic show- very touching and such fresh and truthful performances. It brought something very important into the light.”
“Very accurate to real life.”
“Amazing, well done everyone, it was so powerful!”
“Great cast, clever script and very happy that I had the opportunity to see this play!”
“Very real! Thank you”
“Nicola has cracked it and found an ideal cast- can’t wait for the FILM!”
“Really enjoyed this- fantastic acting, great story.”
"Playwright Nicola Werenowska shows off her Hidden talent
More homegrown new writing at the Mercury and this time it’s by Colchester playwright Nicola Werenowska, who is surely only a few steps away from hitting the big time. That’s if this production of her play about dyspraxia is anything to go by.
Nicola writes well about human relationships and more precisely the way families speak to each other and the way they deal with the problems that face them. In Hidden we have a young couple just starting out on their life together but there’s something wrong that is placing an ever growing barrier to their happiness.
That’s Jess’ inability to carry out tasks like buckling up her child’s buggy or using a can opener but also her lack of self confidence brought on by these developments. It’s a condition that isn’t revealed until the final moments but one that gradually creeps up on us, as it does Jess and Chris in the play. Sensitively handled, Nicola’s smart, slick dialogue is complemented by Scott Hurran’s wonderful production with a simple and yet intense design and cracking performances by Milli Proust and Lewis Goody.
Following a small UK tour I hope this play has a longer life, not only for its educational value but also as a calling card for a playwright at the top of her game."
Neil Darcy Jones, Colchester Gazette Colchester
‘TU I TERAZ’ (‘HERE AND NOW’)
REVIEW EXCERPTS HAMPSTEAD THEATRE DOWNSTAIRS, DEC-JAN 2012/13
“Catch it if you can: this is a delicate and bold piece of work.”
“Consistently imbued with invaluable insights, offering audiences important and moving glimpses of émigré life…. Recommended.” The Morning Star
“A subtle chamber piece here, which examines the nature of emigration”.
What’s on Stage
“Mark Strepan is someone to look out for and Ania Sowinski is a force to be reckoned with. ..her mesmerising performance of a compelling lead role… good food for thought and some superb acting.”
Plays to see
“’Tu I Teraz’ …. shines an intriguing light on the difficulties suffered by Polish immigrants to the United Kingdom.”
British Theatre Guide
“Nicola Werenowska…. with a talented cast under the direction of Sam Potter... has created a play that is well worth seeing and which promises much for the future.” British Theatre Guide
“Ania Sowinski is outstanding as Marysia. The detail in Mark (Strepan's) performance was truly amazing. As an audience we could see each tiny eye flicker and tiny head movement. It was a privilege to watch Mark perform.”
West End Frame
“’Tu I Teraz’…. feels incredibly fresh and gives you plenty to think about on your way home.” West End Frame
“The Polish community of 545,000 is the largest group of foreign nationals in the UK and the second, after India, by country of birth. So we can expect more art and plays from this community. Let’s hope they are all as good as ‘Tu I Teraz’ (Here and Now).” One World Events
Here and now: a story of Poles in Britain
By Daniel Nelson
We are seeing more plays about the migrant experience in London, which is not surprising given that the country is home to 7 million foreign-born residents.
The Polish community of 545,000 is the largest group of foreign nationals in the UK and the second, after India, by country of birth. So we can expect more art and plays from this community. Let’s hope they are all as good as Tu I Teraz (Here and Now).
The play, which runs at the Hampstead Theatre in London until 19 January, is a closely-observed four-hander. It focuses on a single mother who left Poland as a young woman and is determined to be English; her formerly-violent boyfriend who wants to get back into her life; her non-Polish-speaking teenage son; and her sister, an economic migrant who craves the warmth and comfort of her Polish family and culture.
Spelt out in this way, it sounds like a formulaic set-up. But thanks partly to superb acting I found it gripping….. it touches on – without preaching about – the tigrish sacrifices migrant mothers make for their children, and on the de-racination of their children, especially those caught between a free-and-easy, non-intellectual street culture and their mothers’ disciplined determination to succeed through hard work.
Ok, it's not Big Theme writing: it's a small study, but subtle, like the changes in the décor of the rooms in which Mary and son Strepan live as Mary graduates from desperate cleaner to bank-worker respectability in Colchester. Writer Nicola Werenowska has talent and I hope she keeps telling stories.