A BEAUTIFULLY TOUCHING, FUNNY AND BOLD PLAY… NOT TO BE MISSED
Andrew Bovell has written about how families can struggle to love and how also members of even the strongest of families can easily hurt those who are the closest to them. The play poses these questions – “What do generations owe to each other?” “Can the ‘sacrifice now live later’ ethos of our parents ever find a happy meeting point with the ‘live now’ approach of the millennials?.
Most of all this play looks at the tightness of ties that bind families and how we must face our parents? imperfections as a part of facing our own. The Garrick is delighted to be staging this beautiful play and bringing it alive for our audiences to absorb and enjoy.
Bob – Charlie Tomlinson
Fran – Brigid Hemingway
Pip – Holly Boland
Mark – Alexander Mike Thompson
Ben – Anthony Morris
Rosie – Megan Relph
Production Photographs by Vish Sharma
Director’s Note: Many congratulations to actor Anthony Morris who ran the Manchester Marathon in just over 4hours then came on to rehearsals for Things I Know To Be True – only to be chased round and then thrown to the floor by his Father in the play Charlie Tomlinson. What a Star – Anthony we are all so proud of you!
***** FIVE STAR Review by Rick Bowen for Stagestruck *****
THE words “family strife” take on a whole new meaning in this modern day classic, Altrincham Garrick’s production of the season.
Andrew Bovell writes in a way that’s sure to affect those who see this piece very deply. Bovell’s writing is thoughtful, thought provoking, touching and warmly funny and the cast give performances of a professional standard, thanks to expert direction from Carole Carr. Poor Rosie (Megan Relph) returns home early from a backpacking trip to Europe after having her heart broken by a Spanish confidence trickster and who would blame here if she packed her bags and did a runner to escape the unfolding turmoil in her family home. It’s a home presided over by her doting but suffocating dad Bob, played by the always watchable Charlie Tomlinson and her mum Fran, one of the most fascinating female characters I’ve ever encountered in contemporary theatre, brilliantly portrayed here by Brigid Hemmingway. Bob is a dethroned patriarch and Fran is a woman who speaks her mind, but nothing can prepare them for the shocks that come courtesy of their other three grown up kids, Pip, Mark and Ben.
This piece , while it shouldn’t be dismissed as an angst fest is hard on the emotions at times but it makes you feel like you’re actually living. Add a gorgeous set from Juliet Jones, some equally lovely and tender music and you have the complete theatre package. Hopefully the remaining seats will be snapped up because productions as good as this deserve packed houses.
Go and send the box office phones into meltdown, for this is flawlessly brilliant.
Until May 4. The box office is on 0161 928 1677. Star rating – *****
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