A political fairytale for adults – with songs, magpies and a murderous gothic heart.
The Good Daughter wants to make her father happy. ‘Tell me what makes you so sad. Tell me your dark secret and I promise to keep it safe.’ He whispers in his daughter’s ear and a weight lifts from his shoulders. Delighted, he invites the whole town to confide in his miraculous daughter. Soon everyone is flocking. But what happens when a murderer confesses – and who is to blame for the consequences?
Illicit affairs, theft, murder, government cover-ups and whistle-blowers: The Secret Keeper is a personal story with global consequences.
Developed at the National Theatre Studio, this is a fiendish new story for adults by Angela Clerkin (Improbable, Chris Goode and Co.), featuring 4 actors playing over 40 characters, made with an award-winning creative team.
‘A modern fairytale in the style of the Grimm Brothers… a surprisingly sharp bite’ ★★★★ Exeunt Magazine on The Bear
Post Show Talk – Tue 24 Oct, 9.35pm
What is secrecy? Join us for a free, post-performance panel discussion on known secrets and unspeakable truths. Historians Dan Branch, Angela Davis and Mark Knights from the University of Warwick will be offering reflection on the play based on their research into colonialism and post-colonialism in Kenya and Britain, whistleblowers and corruption revelations dating back to the early modern period, and experiences of being a historian of things typically treated secretively, like sex education and infertility. Q&A from the audience will be encouraged.