By Matthew Dunster
Directed By Jeremy Herrin
Michael and Gordon have been best friends since acting college. Now, 20 years later, Michael is Mr Saturday Night TV but failing actor Gordon is struggling with enormous debts. Meanwhile Gordon’s daughter Effie couldn't care less about her Dad's problems – she is far more interested in the film that her cool boyfriend is making and setting up an ecologically sound clothing label.
When Gordon asks Michael to lend him a large sum of money it sets in motion a series of events that reveal irreparable cracks in the characters’ relationships. Matthew Dunster’s often hilarious new play brings to life a set of strikingly contemporary individuals.
Jeremy Herrin is Associate Director at the Royal Court. His directorial credits in 2011 include Death and the Maiden (Comedy Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Haunted Child (Royal Court). Matthew Dunster’s theatrical career includes acclaimed work as an actor and director; as a writer his credits include Two Clouds Over Eden (Young Vic) The Band (Soho Theatre) and You Can See The Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester).
Previews Thu 17 - Wed 23 May
Press Night Thu 24 May (7pm)
Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from 26 May
Wednesday matinees 2.30pm on 30 May & 20 June
Running time is approximately 2 hours 35 minutes, including one 20 minute interval.
Latecomers may not be admitted; likewise if you leave the auditorium during the performance you may not be able to return.
Happy Mondays 21 May
Talkback Mon 11 June (post performance)
Captioned Tue 26 June, 7.30pm
Audio-described Sat 23 June, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)
Emily is in her final year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where her credits include Hamlet, A Woman of No Importance and The Seagull. She is currently filming Michael Winterbottom’s King of Soho alongside Anna Friel and Steve Coogan.
"...wit, intelligence and a rare sense of scope. It’s excitingly alive…I’d happily have hung around around for acts four, five and six of this fascinating show.”
Fox’s quiet schadenfreude is chilling, the eruptions of fury are savage, and D’Silva is outstanding”
Independent on Sunday
“There are polished performances here: Sally Rogers is subtle…newcomer Emily Berrington shines as obnoxious Effie”
"Dunster’s dialogue is highly engaging with its mix of raw emotion and excellent comic timing"
Director Jeremy Herrin
Design Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Neil Austin
Sound Ian Dickinson
Composer Paul Englishby
Casting Julia Horan
Fight Director Bret Yount
Assistant Director Daniel Raggett