London 1932. Cecil Tompion, a popular writer, has bullied his children for most of their lives. Now, his son, an ex-army officer who survived the trenches of the Western Front, and his daughter, a doctor, are trying to break free. Their lives touched by another ex-soldier, David, and close friend Charlotte, who both desperately struggle to repress their homosexuality.
The generation that survived a war, have to confront who they really are when they discover that family is just another battlefield.
This unique rediscovery, never previously performed, by poet and novelist Robert Graves, was written in 1929 as a commission from the producers of Journey’s End. It now finally receives its long overdue world premiere at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre.
REVIEWS & AWARDS
'FASCINATING' THE TIMES
'BEAUTIFULLY PERFORMED BY SOPHIE WARD AND VICTOR GARDNER' THE STAGE
'AN INTRIGUING REDISCOVERY... BOLDLY AHEAD OF WHAT WAS PUBLICLY ACCEPTABLE' BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
★★★★★ 'ALAN COX DELIVERS A POWERFUL PERFORMANCE.
SOPHIE WARD IS A TOUR DE FORCE' DIVA
★★★★ 'A STRONG COMMITED CAST... AN ENTERTAINING EVENING' SPY IN THE STALLS
★★★★ 'ENGAGING... COMPELLING...AMUSING' LONDON PUB THEATRES
★★★★ 'THE CAST IS QUITE EXTRAORDINARY. THIS PLAY OOZES CLASS' CLOSE-UP CULTURE
★★★★ 'SOMETHING OF A COUP FOR THE TINY FINBOROUGH' BROADWAY WORLD
'THE PERFORMANCES ARE TIP TOP' CURTAIN UP
'SMART WITTY AND INTELLIGENT' BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
'WORTHY ADDITION TO PLAYS ABOUT THE WAR, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ABOUT INTERWAR HOMOSEXUALITY' REVIEWS HUB
BIOS AT DATE OF SHOW
Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Cornelius, Chu Chin Chow and Atman as part of Vibrant – An Anniversary Festival of Finborough Playwrights 2010.
Trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Theatre includes The Caretaker (Adelaide Festival and US Tour), The Tempest (Jericho House), Blok/Eko, Hurts Given and Received, Found in the Ground and The Fence (The Wrestling School), Behind the Eye (Cincinnati Playhouse), 50 Hour Improvathon (Hoxton Hall), Much Ado About Nothing (Chester Performs), Orwell: A Celebration (Trafalgar Studios), Frost/Nixon (US Tour), Natural Selection (Theatre 503), Passion Play (Goodman Theatre, Chicago), Translations (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Creeper (Playhouse Theatre), The Rubenstein Kiss (Hampstead Theatre), The Earthly Paradise (Almeida Theatre), John Bull’s Other Island (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), The Flu Season (Gate Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Duchess of Malfi (Salisbury Playhouse), Three Sisters (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), An Enemy Of The People, Wild Oats, Absolute Hell and The Seagull (National Theatre), The Lady's Not for Burning and On The Razzle (Chichester Festival Theatre), Strange Interlude (Duke of York’s Theatre), and several productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is a regular improviser with Ken Campbell's School of Night.
Film includes The Speed of Thought, Not Only But Always. Act Naturally, Ladies in Lavender, The Waterfalls of Slunj, Justice. Weight, Cor Blimey, The Auteur Theory, Contagion, Mrs. Dalloway, An Awfully Big Adventure and Young Sherlock Holmes.
Television includes The Good Wife, Lucan, A Voyage Around My Father, The Odyssey, Not Only But Always, Housewife 49, John Adams and Margaret.
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
PRODUCED BY ANDREW MAUNDER
IN ASSOCIATION WITH ARSALAN SATTARI
AT FINBOROUGH THEATRE
SCHEDULES & TICKETS
Tue to Sun evenings at 7.30pm.
Sat and Sun matinees at 3.00pm.
Previews (10 and 11 July) £14 all seats.
Prices until 22 July £18, £16 concessions
Tue £16 all seats
Fri and Sat £18 all seats.
Prices from 24 July £20, £18 concessions
Tue £18 all seats
Fri and Sat £20 all seats.
Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.