Written by Nick Payne

Wednesday 19th September to Saturday 22nd September 2018

Directed by Dan Finch

"Two people. One relationship. Infinite possibilities.

When Marianne and Roland meet at a barbeque, a multiverse of potential outcomes unfolds. Each choice they make creates a series of branching paths; a series of vignettes showing the effects of free will and chance in our lives.

Hailed by The Telegraph as a piece that is 'playful, intelligent and bursting with ideas, but also achieves a powerful undertow of emotion' Nick Payne's genre-busting play explores free will and friendship, quantum multiverse theory, love, and honey."

AuthorNick Payne

NIck Payne

Nick Payne is a play-wright and screen-writer who won the prestigious George Devine Award in 2009 with his play If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet. Nick studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of York, making his debut at the Royal Court theatre in September 2010 with his comedy Wanderlust. In January 2012, Nick's play Constellations opened at the Royal Court Upstairs starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins and directed by Michael Longhurst. Constellations transferred to the West End in November 2012 where it received universally glowing reviews. It also won the Evening Standard Best Play Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Play.

In 2015 Constellations transferred to Broadway. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson and directed by Michael Longhurst it won outstanding reviews.

Nick also writes for film and TV. His debut series Wanderlust stars Toni Collette and Steven Mackintosh as Joy and Alan, a couple in search of ways to save their marriage. The show is currently on BBC One and Netflix. He also adapted Julian Barnes's The Sense Of An Ending for BBC Films.

He is currently developing film and television projects with Sky, House Productions, Cuba Pictures, Baby Cow and Dominic Cooke.


The Bench Production

Constellations poster image

This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.


RolandStuart Reilly
MarianneFaye Williams


Director Dan Finch
Producer Mark Wakeman
Stage Manager Julie Wood
Assistant Stage Manager Megan Green
Lighting Design Andrew Caple
Lighting Operation Claire Lyne
Sound Design Jacquie Penrose
Sound Operation Steve Burt
Flyer Design Dan Finch
Programme Dan Finch
Set Design David Penrose
Front of House Megan Green

Director's Notes

It began, as these things often do, with a conversation with my friend Alice. I've pootled around on stage, with varying degrees of success, for the last decade or so and I was developing a vague notion that I would like to give the directing thing a go. I lamented to Alice that I'd never found anything that gripped me enough and so she pointed me towards Constellations saying that it was "right up my street".

She was right. She often is.

I read the script and then instantly read it again. I was hooked. I wanted to direct it, I wanted to see Roland and Marianne on stage and be the one responsible for putting them there. I strategically left the script on the sofa where I knew Verity, my beautiful wife, would notice it and read it (she can never resist a book). She did, but I was'’t fooling her, she knew exactly what I was up to. Luckily, she loved it and said that she would be happy for me to pitch it.

In fact, luck has been with me throughout all of this - I was lucky enough to be voted in, lucky enough to get a fantastic crew behind the production, and lucky enough to find such a wonderful pairing in Stuart and Faye. These two have worked so very hard over the last couple of months and have been a real joy to direct.

I am so grateful to everyone who has been involved, especially all of the folks listed as crew. They have made my first foray into directing such a wonderful experience. We owe a special thanks to Caz Gilmore for her help.

Constellations deals with luck and fate and free will. Nick Payne, over the short running time, crams in a multitude of wonderful ideas and examples of how the smallest things, both in and out of our control, shape our lives. It is an idea that I find both fascinating and terrifying.

There is a universe where this didn't all come together. There is a universe where I bottled pitching the play. There is a universe where my wife wasn't daft enough to agree to me being out of the house so much. There is a universe where this all went horribly wrong and I was thrown out of the Bench in disgrace.

I hope that, after watching my incredible cast in action, you will agree that this is the universe where it all went right.

Dan Finch

Production Photographs