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by Alia Bano

Sky Arts Playhouse

Riverside Studios/ Sky Arts Channel, 23 June 2010

Hens explores the relationship between four friends in their twenties on holiday together for a hen night. It looks at the joy, compromises one has to make, the intensity of spending so much time in each other’s company. During a torrential downpour the four girls are forced to stay in each other’s company in a three star hotel in the centre of Paris, where secrets and antagonisms begin to unravel. Friendships are threatened and new alliances are formed.

Hens had a short run at the Riverside Studios before being screened by the Sky Arts channel.

Leila Georgia Moffett Television credits include: Casualty, Doctor Who, My Family and Spooks: Code 9,all for BBC Television. Marple and The Last Detective (ITV), The Bill (Talkback Thames), Bonkers (Lime Pictures), Fear, Stress and Anger (Hartswood Films), Where the Heart Is-Series 9 (Anglia Television), Like Father Like Son (Eccoss Films), Where the Heart Is-Series 8 (Granada Television), The Quest II, (Yorkshire Television), Peak Practice (Carlton Television) Theatre credits include: Total Eclipse (Chocolate Factory) and television movies include: Tom Brown's Schooldays (Company Pictures). Animation credits include: Doctor Who Dreamland (BBC).
Yasmin Shereen Martineau Shereen trained at Rada. Theatre credits include: A Model for Mankind (The Cock Tavern), The Black Album and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (National Theatre), Twelfth Night (West End), Measure for Measure, Titus Andronicus and Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company), Romeo and Juliet (Liverpool Playhouse), Turn of the Screw (Wolsey, Ipswich), Tejas Verdes (The Gate), Fallulah (Jericho House Theatre Company), Food (The Traverse), The Bacchae (Abbey Theatre Dublin) Television credits include: Lewis, Doctors, Eastenders, The Bill, Holby City and the TLC Film Britz
Mariam Chetna Pandya Theatre credits include: Behud (Soho Theatre/Belgrade Theatre) ; Arabian Nights (RSC); The Spiral (Royal Court); Shades (Royal Court); A Disappearing Number (Complicite / Barbican Theatre); Unheard Voices (Royal Court); Future Perfect (Shakespeare’s Globe); Deadeye (Kali/Birmingham Rep &Soho Theatre); The Coram Boy (Royal National Theatre Olivier); Lucky Stiff (Lucky Stuff Productions); Romeo and Juliet (Changeling Theatre and tour) and Kali Futures (Kali Theatre). Film and television credits include: Identity (ITV); Holby Blue, Broken News and The Worst Week of My Life (BBC); Green Wing (Channel Four) and The Message, New Tricks and Doctors (BBC). Radio credits include: A Disappearing Number and Bora Bistrah (BBC Radio Three) and Bitter Fruits of Palestine.

In 2009 Chetna co-founded Outspoken Arts, a partnership that offers bespoke creative workshops for mainstream and marginalized youth and community groups.

Stephanie Street Street trained at LAMDA and studied English at Cambridge University.

Theatre includes: Sisters (Sheffield Crucible); Mixed Up North (Out of Joint); The Contingency Plan (The Bush); Shades (Royal Court); Sweet Cider (Arcola); Not the End of the World (Bristol Old Vic); Too Close to Home (Lyric); The Laramie Project (Kit Productions); The Vagina Monologues (UK tour); Dark Meaning Mouse (Finborough); As You Like It (Greenwich Observatory); Arabian Nights (ATC).

TV includes: Bringing Down the House; Monday Monday; Apparitions; Holby City; Never Better; EastEnders; Primeval; Commander III; Soundproof; Coming Up 2005 - Heavenly Father; Nylon; Twenty Things to Do Before You're Thirty; Red Cap; The Last Detective. As a writer her first play, Sisters, re-opened the Sheffield Crucible Studio, after the theatre’s refurbishment, in March 2010. Stephanie is also a Selector for the National Student Drama Festival.

Director Peter Gill A hugely influential and radical figure in British theatre, Peter Gill is a renowned playwright and one of the most important directors of the last thirty years. Peter has directed over eighty productions in the UK, Europe and North America.

He was responsible for introducing D. H. Lawrence’s plays to the Royal Court Theatre in the 1960s and was the founding director of Riverside Studios and The National Theatre Studio. Recent work includes a production of his own play, SMALL CHANGE at the Donmar Warehouse and ANOTHER DOOR CLOSED, which he wrote and directed for Bath Theatre Royal. Peter also directed SEMPER DOWLAND and THE CORRIDOR, a new double bill by renowned composer Harrison Birtwistle for the Aldeburgh Festival / Southbank Centre. In 2009 Peter’s commitment to British theatre was captured in his book APPRENCTICESHIP, which offers a rigorous and insightful reflection on a lifetime in theatre.

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