||Moonlight (Donmar Warehouse)
||Andy lies dying in his bed. As his wife, Bel, tries desperately to bring his estranged sons to his side
his thoughts turn to his youth, loves, lust and fears, whilst the haunting presence of the things they
have all lost swirl in the dark lonely spaces of this suburban household.
A tragic comedy of family dysfunction, Moonlight is one of Harold Pinter's most human and poignant plays suffused with universal emotions: the cold dread of death; the pain of separation from loved ones; the longing for reunion; and the continuity of the family.
|Scarborough (Royal Court)
||Step into a faded hotel room where Lauren and Daz are having an illicit weekend away. Amongst the peeling wallpaper, they laugh, quarrel and make love, but they don’t dare go out. After all, at just 15 years old, one of them is just a child… the other their teacher.
A dangerously charged romance is played out amidst bittersweet love songs in this award-winning new play.
Scarborough was the show to see at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007, winning a Fringe First Award. It is staged now as a new production in two parts.
|Motortown (Royal Court)
||Danny returns from Basra to a foreign England and a different kind of battle. He visits an old flame, buys a gun and goes on a blistering road trip through the new home front.
Written during the London bombings of 2005, Motortown is a fierce, violent and controversial response to the anti-war movement – and to the war itself. Chaotic and complex, powerful and provocative, Simon Stephen’s play portrays a volatile and morally insecure world.
|The Winterling (Royal Court)
||West waits in a burnt-out farmhouse, on Dartmoor, in the depths of winter, for two associates from the city. The wine has been poured and the revolver loaded. But who is waiting upstairs?
Jez Butterworth’s atmospheric, compelling new play follows his previous successes at the Royal Court including the multi award-winning MOJO and THE NIGHT HERON, both directed by Ian Rickson.
|Ladybird (Royal Court)
||Dima is 19. Tomorrow he’ll join the army and go to fight in Chechnya. Tonight he’s trying to have a party in the flat he shares with his drunken Dad.
Lera is 20 and lives in the same block. She reckons she’s won a fortune if she can just scrape together 1000 roubles to buy something from Euroshop in Moscow. Outside the snow starts to fall over the abandoned cemetery.
LADYBIRD Is Vassily Sigarev’s third play produced by the Royal Court. His previous plays were PLASTICINE (International Playwrights Season 2002) and BLACK MILK (Focus Russia 2003). Sigarev won the 2002 Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright.
|M.A.D (Bush Theatre)
||At the height of the cold war M.A.D. stood for Mutually Assured Destruction.
For 11-year-old John it meant Mum and Dad
'M.A.D.' is a poignant and compelling family drama following the lives of a struggling market trader, his frustrated wife and their young boy John, as their whole world appears to be coming to an end.
Set in 1984, in the aftermath of the post apocolyptic TV drama 'Threads', and then nearly twenty years later, 'M.A.D.' tenderly explores the gap between the lifestyles and aspirations of parents and son. Out of a world full of cold war paranoia, an emotional fall-out haunts this ordinary family, threatening to rip apart the love that once drew them together.
||One With The Oven (Royal Court)
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|Just A Bloke (Royal Court)
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