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“No talent at all when it comes to cooking – as you will discover – but when it comes to pissing off my children – immense talent – Olympian talent.”
Newbury, 1997. Sal (Lesley Sharp) is attempting to cook dinner for the family. She and husband David (David Morrissey) have pulled off a coup and gathered their brood back home for the weekend. Eldest son Carl (Sam Swainsbury) is bringing his new girlfriend Harriet (Zoe Boyle) to meet everyone for the first time; middle daughter Polly (Kate O’Flynn) is back from Cambridge University for the occasion; and youngest Tom (Laurie Davidson) will hopefully make it out of detention in time for dinner.
Sal and David would rather feed their kids with leftist ideals and welfarism than fancy cuisine. When you’ve named each of your offspring after your socialist heroes, you’ve given them a lot to live up to…
“When I was your age I wanted to be in a band and sleep with Mick Jagger – and Jimi Hendrix – who am I to judge your choices?”
Writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany’s previous collaborations at the Royal Court include Hope and Let the Right One In. Other collaborations include: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (West End/Broadway). Jack’s other credits include: A Christmas Carol (Old Vic); National Treasure, This Is England ’90 (both earning a BAFTA for Best Mini-Series), Kiri, and The Virtues with Shane Meadows. Royal Court Associate Director John’s other work at the Royal Court includes: Road, The Twits, The Pass.
Support the Court | Thu 18 Jul
Proceeds from the performance will help to support the Royal Court’s ongoing work with writers in the UK and Internationally. More details
The Big Idea: Post-show Talk | Wed 17 Jul
A Q&A event with members of the cast. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance and will be captioned with live speech-to-text.
This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
"[A] clever, intriguing production."
Independent | Paul Taylor Read full review
"Jack Thorne... has a gift for dialogue."
The Times | Ann Treneman Read full review
"Absorbing... Jack Thorne is a writer of immense emotional intelligence."
The Stage | Fergus Morgan
"Avowedly personal, always interesting and beautifully staged."
The Guardian | Michael Billington
"Sharp plays her [character] with intelligence and feeling... Morrissey raises the emotional temperature by 100 degrees."
WhatsOnStage | Sarah Crompton
"A ridiculously good cast."
Time Out | Andrzej Lukowski
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Mon – Sat: 7.30pm (except 3 Jul 7pm)
Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm (from 6 Jul)
Captioned: Wed 10, 17 (live speech-to-text post-show talk), 24, 31 Jul & 7 Aug 7.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 3 Aug 2.30pm (Touch tour 1pm)
Relaxed Environment: Sat 27 Jul 2.30pm
Running time: 1 hour and 50 minutes with no interval
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