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Polite Conversation
About the Creators & Performers
What You Need To Know

What better way to spend an evening, than enjoying a play on our Tea Lawn!

Polite Conversation is a gloriously funny new comedy play written by Andrew Crook.

Emma is trying to host a BBQ, but her plans for a sophisticated evening are rudely interrupted by her husband’s surprise revelation. When Emma discovers the truth about her husband they have no choice but to begin a domestic dispute moments before their guests arrive. As the evening progresses, both bring to the surface all of the things that, in polite company, should probably be left unsaid. 

Bring a blanket or chair and sit back to enjoy an evening of some lighthearted fun!

Don't fancy queuing up for your snacks and drinks? You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. Please note that food is only available to pre-order for the Thurday evening performances. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you.

We have done everything we can to keep you safe and make these events Covid-19 secure – please read the ‘What You Need To Know’ tab for more information.

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

A play in 1 Act; runs 45 minutes

About the Creators & Performers


Elif Knight Director/Producer 

Elif Knight is an award winning actress and director. Elif won the 2003 Evening Standard Theatre award in a joint award for emerging talent and was awarded it by Sir Richard Attenborough.

Her recent directing credits include Grounds For Concern at Croke Park Stadium as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival; an adaptation of HG Wells' The Crystal Egg at the Vaults in London; and Dreaming Of Chekhov at the Union Theatre.

Elif’s most recent TV credits as an actress include Gangs Of London (HBO /SkyAtlantic) and Aladdin, (Disney), Their War film and Jesus- His Life, TV show (History Channel). Elif continues to work on her craft with the prestigious Jack Waltzer from the Actor's studio who also made Elif his assistant to train actors in London and worldwide.

Andrew Crook Writer

Andrew Crook has written for and had his pieces performed at: The Canal Cafe Theatre; Union Theatre; Southwark Theatre and Chesil Theatre. He was one of the winners for the 10x10 2018 new writing festival for the Chesil Theatre and his play was staged at the Ink Festival in 2019. His pieces have also been shortlisted for Channel 4, BBC, Little Pieces of Gold, Blue Cat, Film London and Screen Writing Goldtime.

Rebekah Harvey Producer

Originally a stage and screen actress, Rebekah fully broke into her producing career after a successful tour of her original play Why Not Us?, funded by Arts Council England.

In 2018 she produced her West End debut, Lonely Planet at Trafalgar Studios as well as a multimedia adaptation of H.G Wells’ War of the Worlds, The Crystal Egg Live, at The Vaults Theatre. Over the last year Rebekah has been working with Iranian documentary and film makers at Manoto TV. Most recently, Aryamehr, a three part documentary series about the last Shah of Iran. She is currently in preproduction for two indie film projects to be filmed later this year.


Set Designer: Jason Kelvin

Jason has worked for over 25 years as an artist and designer in theatre, film and television, as
well as on large public installations. Most recent credits include ads for amazon and Cafepod
running on ITV, in addition to Public engagement projects with the Welcome and Princes
Trust. Alongside this, Jason is often asked to look at projects where productions have come
up against budget, practical and aesthetic stumbling blocks, and he thrives on the challenge of
enabling these to happen. Jason is currently working on a range of Independent Feature
Films, TV commercials, large art installations, and mobile public engagement projects.

Stage Manager: Tobias Millard

Tobias is delighted to join the Polite Conversation team at Lauderdale House. Recent
Theatre credits include: Holes (UK Tour); The Antipodes (National Theatre); and The Ocean
at the End of the Lane (National Theatre).Tobias also works as Associate Producer for
Waterperry Opera Festival, where he recently staged socially-distanced outdoor
performances of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, and Dove’s Ariel song cycle.
Training: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


Paul Westwood

Paul Westwood trained at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Recent theatre includes Blood Brothers (UK & Eire Tour 2020); Gaslight (UK Tour opposite Martin Shaw); Skin in the Game (Old Red Lion & UK Tour); David Bowie’s Lazarus (King's Cross Theatre); King Charles III (Almeida UK Tour/Sydney Theatre Co.); Dunsinane (RSC/National Theatre of Scotland World Tour); A Life Of Galileo (RSC/Theatre Royal Bath). Recent TV & Film includes McMafia (BBC); Us & Them (Netflix); Mortdecai (Lionsgate); & Da Vinci's Demons (BBC/Starz). Writing includes last year’s award-winning thriller, Skin in the Game (Old Red Lion & UK Tour); And The Winner Is...? & Citizen Recall: Mrs Helen Stridgen (Vault Festival 2017/2018).  Future writing includes: The Living Dolls (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh 2021) & 12, Hyde Park Square (Arcola, 2021).  His agent is Helen Kelly at I.A.M.

Vincent Miller
Vincent trained at Arts Ed before meeting his long-time coach Jack Waltzer. Vincent Miller is the founder and former Artistic Director of the multi-award winning Red Stitch Actors Theatre based in Melbourne, Australia. He was awarded the prestigious Kenneth Myer medallion for contribution to the arts. As an actor, he has played a variety of roles from Howie Lee in Howie The Rookie, to Angel Cruz in Jesus Hopped the A Train. He also played Gino in the West End production of Oh, What a Night, Dir Kim Gavin. 

Jessica Boyde 

Jessica trained at Drama Studio. TV includes Emmerdale, Lucky Man (Sky), The Game (BBC), Holby City (BBC), and in France, Delphine in Le Bureau and Plus Belle La Vie, France’s hit soap. Film work includes Love in the Post and Arsène Lupin. Most recent theatre credits include the wife in The Fat Man’s Wife, by Tennessee Williams, (Pentameters, Hampstead) , Odette in Treating Odette about the WWII heroine Odette Hallowes, and multimedia collaborations The Crystal Egg Live at The Vaults, and The Twelfth Player (Seven Sisters Group) and Theatre Royal Northampton. 

Danielle Scott

Danielle’s a regular at various London improv jams and honed her acting skills at The Actors Temple and MN Academy. Danielle Scott has appeared in theatre and film. Her credits include  in the award nominated and critically acclaimed comedy A Slice of Eel Pie playing Detective Gold. Danielle has also featured in many short films, most recently Jupiter’s Plum due for release in late 2020.


What You Need To Know

Covid-19 Secure
We want to make sure you and everyone else around you is safe so we will allocate you a specific area according to the size of your party, whether you are bringing chairs or sitting on the Tea Lawn.  

Every audience member will have their temperature checked on arrival. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone in their household or 'bubble'. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds in this situation. 

Please help us to help you by following these instructions:

  • If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 do not come to the show - please stay home in line with Government Guidelines. Check for Covid-19 symptoms HERE.
  • If you are a vulnerable person who should not be going out please stay home - we hope we can see you in person soon but want you to stay safe.
  • Wherever possible please stay 2 metres from people outside your ‘bubble’ or household.
  • We strongly advise bringing a face covering along with you. 
  • Please co-operate with the stewards and volunteers when they show you to your seating area.
  • The toilets will be available but please follow the instructions in relation to keeping a distance when/if queuing and follow good hygiene and hand washing regimes. Soap and disinfectant sprays are available for your use. Be careful and considerate.
  • The café will be open for purchases on the night. Please follow the instructions for queuing safely.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer.
  • Please arrive in good time. The Box office will open at 6pm. Please come to the box office at the front door ('East Entrance').
  • The Tea Lawn will be open for you to settle down and enjoy your picnics from 6pm. The show starts at 7pm.
  • Getting everyone settled will take longer than usual so please be patient – we promise not to start till everyone is in and comfortable.

We do not supply chairs. Audience members will sit on the Tea Lawn to watch the performance, so please bring either a picnic blanket or a folding chair to make yourself comfortable. We will ask you whether you are bringing chairs or blankets during the booking process. Audience members with chairs will be seated behind those on the ground to make sure that everyone has a good view. If you are booking as a group we will need you to all be on chairs or all on blankets, rather than a mixture of the two. If you have not said you are bringing a chair when booking and change your mind you will not be able to use it as it will block someone else’s view. 

The performance will continue regardless of the weather. Having run open-air events for many years, we know all too well that the weather can be deceptive and can change very quickly. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer and an extra woollie!

Food and Drink
The cafe/bar will be open selling food and drinks before the performance starts. You can now pre-order drinks and a picnic for collection on the night. When buying your tickets online simply add your selection to your basket before checkout and we'll have it ready for you. Note that hot drinks cannot be pre-ordered but will be available from the bar. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Tea Lawn as you watch the performance. 

When you book
We will be asking some extra questions when you book your ticket to ensure you and everyone else stays safe. In order to comply with the contact tracing scheme we are asking you to provide a name and phone number for each ticketholder. Please use the 'any special requirements?' box to make us aware of any ticketholders who are wheelchair users or have reduced mobility.

And please note tickets MUST be purchased in advance.