The Donmar Warehouse has announced that Artistic Director Michael Longhurst will direct a special online production of Adam Brace‘s acclaimed play, Midnight Your Time, starring Diana Quick.
Originally commissioned by HighTide Theatre and staged by Michael Longhurst in 2011, this new production has been conceived for online broadcast whilst the Donmar Warehouse is closed during the coronavirus shutdown. Diana Quick will revive the role she originated and has recorded her performance via webcam at her home directed remotely by Michael Longhurst.
Midnight Your Time will premiere on the Donmar Warehouse’s YouTube Channel at 7.30pm on 13 May 2020. The production will then be available to watch for 7 days.
Every Thursday, Judy tries to talk to her daughter online. Judy calls from Islington; her daughter is in Palestine.
It’s 2010 and retired lawyer Judy is stuck at home, casting around for ways to occupy herself: with a women’s peace league; with local politics; with her daughter’s life.
Midnight Your Time is a wryly comic and ultimately heartbreaking exploration of what it really means to communicate remotely.
Speaking about the Donmar’s first online premiere, Artistic Director Michael Longhurst said:
I am thrilled to be able to share this remotely rehearsed and filmed version of Adam’s exquisitely crafted portrait of a distanced mother-daughter relationship. I had the great joy of directing Diana Quick a decade ago in this role, written especially for her, and wanted to revive this play as soon as Lockdown began. Adam’s prescient presentation of a then-burgeoning method of digital communication is so entirely a part of our lives under lockdown; and its commentary on ageing and isolation resonate even more profoundly at this time. It has been a privilege to revisit the role of Judy with Diana – a formidable and funny retired European lawyer, struggling to understand why her refrain of ‘drop us a line and stay safe’ is falling on deaf ears – and a delight to capture her performance in this new medium and in the intimacy of her own home. I am determined that the Donmar continue to tell important stories that offer us connection in this moment when we cannot gather together in our theatre.