First of all, serious kudos to the Bridge Theatre - the brand-new theatre founded on the South Bank by the artistic and executive director duo who previously ran the National, Nick Hytner and Nick Starr - for including in their inaugural season a brand new play that's not driven by a star writer or star cast, relying instead just on the strength of its writing and characterisations. But it is, at the same time, hard not to feel that this is the sort of play they once would have... Read more
On a farm outside Winchester, Ryan struggles to make a living off the land. His sister Lou has returned home after the death of their father to support Jenny, their formidable mother. Not so long ago, when a neighbour’s Labrador strayed onto the farm, their dad reached for his shotgun. Now, when Lou’s boyfriend Pete reappears, flush with money from his job at an oil refinery, Jenny fights to hold her children to the life she planned for them.