THERE ARE two unexpected pairings here. The first is Michelle Collins and Stewart Permutt. She is one of the biggest soap stars in the country while he is a writer of powerful, character-driven plays, often with Jewish themes. The second is Gina (Collins) and Gideon (Joe Coen), the chalk and cheese characters who populate Permutt’s new twohander.
She is a 49-year-old former nurse living in a tough east London estate and he is a young, observant Jew from Stanmore. One Friday, after what turns out to be a regular tryst with a non-Jewish girl in Dalston, he finds himself stranded on the wrong side of town after being left dazed and confused after an assault. Gina takes him in and cares for his wound but, because it’s after sunset,