David Morrissey Lesley Sharp Kate O’Flynn Zoe Boyle Laurie Davidson Sam Swainsbury
Newbury, 1997. Sal is attempting to cook dinner for the family. She and husband David have pulled off a coup and gathered their brood back home for the weekend. Eldest son Carl is bringing his new girlfriend to meet everyone for the first time; middle daughter Polly is back from Cambridge University for the occasion; and youngest Tom 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…
Saw this tonight, I wasn’t that impressed with the first half an hour or so, it felt like a grownup version of Outnumbered with added wanking jokes, but it turned into something a lot more dignified and impressive by the end - David Morrissey in particular was excellent.
I’m not sure the running through in one go without any intervals did this any favours, apart from Morrissey getting a grey rinse in his hair there was nothing to suggest 20 years had passed beyond the calendars by the door being changed: I think maybe it would have benefitted with at least one proper pause.
I’ll probably come back to this thread when I’ve had time to process this, and see what other people thought, but I think it’s worth checking out.
I want to say it was like Love Love Love and Tribes had a baby, except such a description probably oversells it. I definitely came away feeling like I hadn't seen anything original, and I don't know if it even had a point? The terrific cast meant it was far from a wasted evening, but they deserve better material and my opinion of Jack Thorne as a writer is not particularly favourable right now.
I was also there tonight and underwhelmed but at the end the audience seemed very enthusiastic. Agree with wondering what the point was and though I haven't seen Outnumbered or Tribes, I did see Love, Love, Love and thought that was vastly over-rated.
Edit: just didn't strike me as a Royal Court-type play; maybe not even something any major theatre should be staging, or certainly not in the main space.