Jenny meets Frank at a speed-dating event.  They are both ready to move on in their lives but there are compelling reasons which make it difficult.  Jenny is reeling from the death of her soulmate and Frank is trying to escape from the clutches of his domineering mother.  Both Jenny and Frank need to build resilience – but where do they start?  This compelling new play explores the challenges of integrating a negative past with a positive future.  Commissioned by Trustees, this play celebrates 25 years of Rowans Hospice providing care to the people of Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.

About the playwright: Brian Daniels

Brian Daniels is an award-winning playwright and Artistic Director of Pluto Productions Limited. He is a board member of the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds .

Between 1997-2011 Brian was Artistic Director of New End Theatre, Hampstead where he produced more than 200 new plays, musicals and cultural events. He was concurrently Artistic Director of the Shaw Theatre, Euston where he produced larger scale theatrical events and concerts with artists including Eartha Kitt, Elaine Stritch, Alison Moyet, Michel LeGrand, Michael Feinstein, Elaine Paige, Gloria Gaynor, Boy George, Dionne Warwick, Chita Rivera and numerous others. Many of these concerts toured the UK. He has also been Artistic Director of the New Players Theatre, London and the Grace Theatre, Battersea.

As a playwright and for Pluto Productions Limited, his work includes: WHERE’S YOUR MAMA GONE?, based on the experiences of two children whose mother fell victim to a serial killer; a Heritage Lottery funded exhibition was also created looking at heritage loss in looked-after children; A BIG DAY FOR THE GOLDBERGS, a comedy about provincial Jewish life, premiered at the Leeds Jewish Performing Arts Festival in 2011, with subsequent productions at Leeds Carriageworks Theatre, New End Theatre, Hampstead, Edinburgh Festival and a nationwide tour; THE GOOD AND THE TRUE was adapted from the original play and produced by Svandovo Divadlo (Prague’s leading repertory theatre), in collaboration with Prague City Hall; this toured the UK and ran off-Broadway in New York in 2012 and was also performed for United Nations New York; DON’T LEAVE ME NOW, inspired by true stories, explores the impact of early onset dementia on two very different families. This has had more than 200 performances throughout the UK and abroad.

In 2016 HOMEWARD BOUND and BOUNCE BACK BOY were both commissioned by the National Council for Palliative Care and performed in order to engage health care professionals with the complex issues around palliative care; FINISHING TOUCHES, commissioned by a major London legal firm, explores the impact of sexual and physical abuse and grooming on children and their lives as adults. This play was workshopped at the Barbican Theatre, London in 2016 and performed in 2017 at the new Fitzrovia Chapel Arts Centre, London, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth with a run at the White Bear Theatre, London in 2018. Another commissioned play, FIGHTING FOR LIFE, was launched at the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, based on The Findlay Report and explores the way in which elderly and frail people are treated by social and health service institutions. Brian wrote a community play for the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, which was performed at the end of 2017.

‘#HELLO MY NAME IS…’ was commissioned in 2018 by St. Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds based on the life and work of the late Dr Kate Granger, and in 2019 another new play, BOTH SIDES NOW, looking at resilience will be premiered. Brian is currently working on a commission for a play about the issues around lymphoedema.

The play HOMEWARD BOUND was the recipient of a Patient First Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the Health Service Journal National Awards.

Brian is represented by Meg Davis at the Ki-Agency, London (meg@ki- agency.co.uk)