From Afar

Presented by David Coverdale

'Mum said you could tell everything you needed to know about a person from their pencil case. I always wondered if she did that when she was choosing to marry my Dad, but now I know that isn’t the kind of question I should be asking. Proudly proclaiming to my friends that I was so sure my Dad had a wonderful pencil case probably wasn’t the best thing for a much younger me to do. '

To Agnes, there are few things as sacred as a sealed envelope.

An amusing and touching portrait of a life spent writing letters, From Afar is dedicated to the real-life Agnes.

Starring Catherine Millsom (Original London Company of Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia! for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Stepping Out UK Tour) as Agnes, with direction and dramaturgy by Ashleigh Packham, David Coverdale’s new play comes to the quiet intimacy of the Travelling Through Bookshop for four performances only.

Selected as one of Lyn Gardner's top picks of Week 7.

Part of Let's Talk @ VAULT Festival with Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Theatre & Performance
18:4506 — 09 Mar
Travelling Through Bookshop - Lower Marsh
1hr 00m
Combo OfferDramaMember OfferSolo Performer
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About the company

David Coverdale

Following a spectacularly unsuccessful career as an actor, David Coverdale began writing in February 2017. Fast forward six months to the Stockwell Playhouse Annual One Act Festival, David's first short play To Anyone Who Listens was selected for the closing night of the festival and came highly commended for both writing and performance. In the summer of 2018, To Anyone Who Listens appeared in a much fuller form at the Hen and Chickens Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe Festival selling out a number of performances.

From Afar will be David's third full scale writing/producing venture and he is thrilled to be bringing Agnes to the Travelling Through Bookshop - the perfect space for audiences to meet her.


David Coverdale (Writer/Producer)
As writer: To Anyone Who Listens (Stockwell Playhouse and Hen and Chickens Theatre)
As producer: To Anyone Who Listens (Hen and Chickens Theatre), Bothered and Bewildered (London Theatre Workshop)

Ashleigh Packham (Director/Dramaturg)
Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
As a Dramaturg, Ashleigh is currently a Literary Assistant based at the Finborough Theatre. As a playwright, she has recently worked with Little Pieces of Gold, Soho Writers Lab, and is part of Pint Sized’s 2018-2019 Longlist. She is incredibly excited to be making her directorial debut with From Afar.

Catherine Millsom (Agnes)
Training: Italia Conti BA (Hons) Acting.
Theatre includes: Kinky Boots (Adelphi, original London company); Pat in the UK tour of Kinky Boots; Rosie in Mamma Mia (Royal Caribbean); Shirley Markowitz in The Producers (Gordon Craig); Lynne in UK tour of Stepping Out; Vixen in Santaphrenia (Leicester Square Theatre); Catherine and Senator Martin in Silence! The Musical (ATS); Colombina in Scaramouche – The Zany Commedia Musical (Hoxton Hall); Twirly in Oh No It Isn’t! (Union); Patience in Facebook the Musical (Wilde Theatre); Romeo in Shakespeare for Breakfast: Romeo & Juliet – The Panto (Pleasance); Woman 2 in Closer Than Ever (Jermyn St and Edinburgh Fringe); Fairy Bow Bells in Dick Whittington (Leatherhead Theatre); Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (Castle Theatre); and Spicy in the Theatre Royal, Stratford East’s Olivier-nominated Cinderella.

Gabriella Bland (Company Stage Manager)
Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
To Anyone Who Listens (Stage Manager - Hen and Chickens Theatre, Camden Fringe Festival 2018), Jack and the Beanstalk (ASM - Shaw Theatre), 18-22, Attractive, Insecure (Asst Technician - Courtyard Theatre)
Credits associated with RCSSD:
I’m Afraid of Amerikans (DSM - Webber Douglas Studio), The Sound and the Fury (Asst Costume Supervisor - The Pleasance Theatre), #Dr@cula (ASM - Curve Studio, Leices

Press & Reviews

Praise for previous work:

Paul Vale (To Anyone Who Listens - Stockwell Playhouse - Jun 2017):
“From the moment the lights went to half-up this performance was full of energy, fear and vulnerability...Really strong dialogue, a beautifully structured piece, the play did exactly what it had to do. A writer and director who are not afraid of silences, these were very, very real performances.”
"Bursting with emotional clarity, and not a little northern humour"

LondonTheatre1 (To Anyone Who Listens - Hen and Chickens, Aug 2018):
"Communication is key. David Coverdale has written a play that many can relate to."
"Plot-wise, it offers much more to chew on than similar productions. Coverdale said in an interview about the show that if he wanted audiences to take one thing from the show it was ‘Talk to each other. There are few problems that cannot be more manageable by talking’. I feel, after seeing this, that’s exactly what they’ll take away."