PLAY “It’s a story that needs to be told, and this is a production that shows Werenowska at her finest.” Paul T. Davies,


Oct – Nov 2018

What holds families together? What tears them apart? What’s brewing in the silences?

1996. London. It’s Ewa’s birthday. Her daughter Anna is coming home from university with a secret to share but Maria has some news of her own. As wartime memories of Siberia resurface, old steps are retraced to uncover the secrets of the past and a Polish heritage that unites and divides them.

Nicola Werenowska’s funny and fascinating new play hurtles between Warsaw and London over two decades and three generations of a Polish/British family. The prescient subject matter explores intergenerational effects of war and displacement, prejudice towards UK Poles and epigenetics.


Director  |  Jo Newman

Producing partners |  The Mercury Theatre Colchester (lead producer); Salisbury Playhouse; Unity Theatre Liverpool.

Additional tour venues |  Norwich Arts Centre; The Marlowe, Canterbury; Mighella Studios, University of Reading; The Dukes, Lancaster; York Theatre Royal; Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich; POSK, London; Supported by Arts Council England

“It’s a story that needs to be told, and this is a production that shows Werenowska at her finest.”

Paul T. Davies /

“A poignant, emotional piece of theatre.”

Neil D’Arcy Jones / Colchester Gazette 

“emotionally heavy subject matter often relieved by astutely funny, bitter sweet observations on female relationships”

Jenna Barton / The Spy in the Stalls

“The three actresses…all inhabit their roles from the heart out; they make these women’s contrasted dilemmas and their equally different ways of coping with them moving as well as credible.”

Anne Morley-Priestman / Anne at the Theatre 

“The acting from all three actresses was amazing!”

Alex Ramzan / The VI Critic 

“Strong performances”

Dave Fargnoli / The Stage 

“Superb generational drama which has won well deserved acclaim”

Gazette and Herald

“A revealing and heart warming play deserved it’s enthusiastic reception last night”

British Theatre Guide

“Each individual performance is a triumph”

Valley News