|Director: Ellen McDougall||Cast: Greta Scacchi, Eric Kofi Abrefa, Erin Doherty, Tom Mothersdale|
A frustrated mother, a daughter lost in her imagination, and a son intent on rebellion.
By night, Tom lives the life of an assassin, an outlaw, a czar of the underworld, via his trips to the movies. By day, he works in a factory. In the apartment he shares with mother Amanda and sister Laura, the air hangs thick with the scent of sickly sweet flowers and his mother’s oppressive nostalgia. Laura barely survives it, a shadow of herself, clinging desperately to her only solace, a beloved glass menagerie.
When Amanda insists Tom brings home a gentleman caller for Laura, the fragile dreams of all three are shattered with consequences they may never escape.
Pioneering director Ellen McDougall creates this new production from Headlong, producers of The Absence of War, 1984 and The Seagull, in a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. One of the UK’s brightest young directing talents, her previous work includes critically acclaimed productions of Henry the Fifth, Anna Karenina, The Rolling Stone and Idomeneus.
“Fascinatingly clear-eyed… excellent…you cling to every word” ★★★★ Sunday Times
“A revival to remember” ★★★★ The Guardian
“Innovative and brave… Greta Scacchi is shatter-proof in the role of Amanda” ★★★★ Northern Soul (for Leeds/Liverpool)
“Above all, this production is (director) McDougall’s triumph… A pressure-cooker of a play” The Times
“The acting is impressive. Greta Scacchi, as Tom’s faded southern belle of a mother, is dappled with nostalgia and fear “ The Observer
Director Ellen McDougall
Designer Fly Davis
Lighting Richard Howell
Sound Gareth Fry
Video Ian William Galloway
Includes Post Show Talk on Tue 10 Nov 10.20pm – 10.50pm.
Discount for group bookings for schools available for all dates. Please call our dedicated schools booking contacts, Helen and Amanda, in the Box Office on 024 7615 0930