Henry’s dropped out of school, Mia’s been expelled, dad’s in Hong Kong with a young new wife, and mum’s an alcoholic mess. That’s where Polly Stenham’s remarkable debut play begins. It ends in a thrilling showdown between destruction and regeneration.
That Face is Gen Y’s revenge on the Baby Boomers. Stenham was 19 when she wrote it and 20 when it wowed audiences at London’s acclaimed Royal Court Theatre in 2007. She’s created a mesmerising eruption of humour and cruelty, wisdom and insolence. There’s a touch of the classic about this play – the age-old battle between parents and their children to own the future. And in Martha, the mother of the family, Stenham has written a captivating theatrical monster to compete with the best of them.
Lee Lewis directs Susie Porter in her Company B debut, and Emily Barclay and Marcus Graham make their return to Belvoir St. Polly Stenham’s ferocious and moving play is their task.
By Polly Stenham
Director Lee Lewis
Set Design Brian Thomson
Costume Design Alice Babidge
Lighting Design Verity Hampson
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Voice Coach Danielle Roffe
Fight Director Scott Witt
Original Drawings Pip Runciman
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Amy Morcam
Company B’s season-launcher is a little piece of dynamite … punchy, elegant and psychologically astute.Time Out