The Finborough Theatre's Summer 2014 Season
The Finborough Theatre in West Brompton, west London has announced its Summer 2014 season which includes a mixture of original writing, revivals and musicals. Artistic Director Neil McPherson continues the venue's artistic policy of vibrant new writing and unique rediscoveries, bringing a number of lost texts to the surface, as well as featuring original works.
The season begins with a rare production of Spokesong by Stewart Parker directed by Guy Jones, which runs at the venue from 25 May to 10 Jun 2014. Set in Belfast, 1973 at the height of the Troubles, the drama follows bike shop owner Frank Stock as he fights to stop the demolition of his neighbourhood by a new motorway through the city. This will mark the first London production in over 40 years.
This is followed by the world premiere of Kevin Kautzman's play Dream of Perfect Sleep, directed by Max Pappenheim. This story of loss and hope follows an aging couple with dementia as they struggle to connect with their adult children as they begin to plan their last days together. This new play runs from 17 Jun to 12 July 2014.
The European premiere of new musical Hostage Song runs from 22 June to 8 July 2014, featuring music and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow and book by Clay McLeod Chapman. Set in an unspecified time and place, two hostages are left awaiting their fate. As they attempt to distract themselves from their inevitable demise, they forge a relationship while trying to let go of the images of their loved ones.
A previously unseen play by Noël Coward, This Was A Man will enjoy a new production directed by Belinda Lang from 15 July to 2 August 2014. Once banned by the Lord Chamberlain for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery Coward’s play explores his lifelong themes of social morals, jealousy and life with no moral compass.
The final play in the season is the world premiere of 17 by Dameon Garnett which emerges from a reading at the Vibrant 2013 Festival of Finborough Playwrights. The piece follows 17 year old Scott who is facing an uncertain future as the death of his adopted mother throws life into chaos and his is forced to fit in with a new family and a birth mother he never knew he had.