“No matter where you run, where you hide, I’ll be there, after you. Reminding you of what you did..”
Following my debut production as a director and through meeting and working on Thin Toes with Georgia Lowe, a very talented emerging designer, she introduced me to an up-and-coming theatre company Yaller Skunk who had the opportunity to transfer a new play from the fringe to the West End.
I was then asked to re-direct the first production of Steven Hevey’s incredible first play, In My Name for its West End transfer.
Featuring four exceptional young actors – James Alexandrou, Ray Panthaki, Kevin Watt and Adeel Akhtar – the play was a razor-sharp, black comedy that placed four disparate characters in a London flat on the day of the London bombings in 2005.
Opening in July 2008 at the Trafalgar Studios, the production was awarded a host of brilliant reviews and also named by the Evening Standard as one of the ‘FIVE BEST PLAYS in London’ at the time.
‘Directed by Julia Stubbs Hughes and acted with a bruising physicality rarely seen this side of an old Sam Shepard play’
New York Times
‘this is a powerful reminder of that awful day three years ago, and marks Hevey and Stubbs Hughes out as talents worth watching’
‘Julia Stubbs Hughes’ production captures the energy running through Hevey’s script, the tension and the sharp social observation’
‘director Julia Stubbs Hughes gets finely tuned, fly-on-the-wall performances from the four actors’
‘The comedy is nervy, nasty and truthful… the performances are top-notch…What began as an unsettling underclass comedy develops into a brutal psychological thriller’
‘this play is a stylish small explosion…Hevey executes it with blackly comic panache and the performances in Julia Stubbs Hughes’ production are excellent’
‘aside from the obvious reaction to terrorism, Hevey’s play flirts with a host of other 21st century issues. His representation of struggling young working males and the different issues they face marks him as a writer with a keen observational eye for realism’
Official London Theatre Review
‘revived with pace and efficiency by Julia Stubbs Hughes’