This made it two out of two excellent short plays at small theatres this weekend, after the stunning Suzy Storck at The Gate the previous night.
This one, in the Bush Studio, was a two-hander with just a table, two chairs and two mikes as props. It was extraordinary how much “magic” the excellent performers manage to get out of that low-key set.
The play is about a reclusive but massively successful author of children’s fiction.
The Bush resource on this play/production is comprehensive, explaining the play, production etc. – click here.
Here is a link that will find you reviews and things – click here.
Deservedly good reviews and another short play/production that deserves a wider audience than The Bush Studio – I do hope it gets a transfer and/or tour.
Below is the trailer:
A powerful evening at the theatre, this play. It is about the forced migration of thousands of British children to Australia in the quarter-of-a-century or so after the second world war.
Janie came away from the play feeling very angry about the Australian Government, although in truth the Church and the UK Government have just as much to answer and apologise for; which, to some extent, all these parties have done in recent years.
The play is focused on one such child’s story and the impact this ill-thought policy had on his life and the lives of those around him – explained well in the Bush Theatre rubric – click here.
It is superbly acted by all four actors and well produced at the Bush, one of our favourite places at the moment, putting on interesting work with a consistent high quality; very few misses there.
Michael Billington was full of praise in his Guardian review – click here. Henry Hitchings in the Standard was perhaps even more keen on it – click here.
It was originally produced at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney in 2013, where it also seems to have gone down very well – for information and reviews click here.
It is quite a short evening at the theatre, which was just as well for us, as Janie and I wanted to go on to Lisa Opie’s party afterwards and get there before most people had left, which we achieved. The party did a jolly good job of cheering us up again after this sobering but gripping evening at the theatre.