A Theatre Centre and Sheffield Theatres co-production

Wish You Weren’t Here

By Katie Redford Mon 19 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 60 minutes
Yorkshire Post
West End Best Friend
“I might not be able to drive legally, but I’m pretty nifty in a dodgem”

After all those extra shifts, all Lorna wants is a night out on the town and time to reconnect with her daughter. All 16-year-old Mila wants is for the world to stop burning. And for someone to take down that ‘Beach Body Ready’ poster. Please. As mum and daughter check into their ‘premium’ room where they can almost see the sea, they quickly discover that their favourite seaside town, which was once their annual sunny escape, could really use some attention – just like their relationship.

Wish You Weren’t Here is a hilarious and heart-warming exploration of family relationships, the agony of growing up, and how to find your way in the world when you can’t help thinking you’re just not good enough.

Written by Katie Redford (Tapped, Theatre503; Yellow Lips, BBC Radio 4), directed by Rob Watt (Human Nurture, Birds & Bees), and produced by Theatre Centre and Sheffield Theatres, this world premiere production has been created in conversation with hundreds of young people across the country.

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'probably the best two-hander to emerge for many a year'
Yorkshire Post
'authentic, heartfelt, funny and moving'
West End Best Friend
'brilliant writing…not to be missed'
'a sweet slice of intergenerational comedy'
The Stage