“ ‘One works. One looks around. One meets people. But very little communication takes place... That is the nature of this little island.’
“As five apparently unrelated characters meet in a seemingly insignificant garden, the autumnal sun shines overhead and everybody waits for rain. What they discuss is superficially anything that can pass the time. What is portrayed is the very essence of England, Englishness, class, unfulfilled ambition, loves lost, and homes that no longer exist.
“Storey’s timeless play is a beautiful, compassionate, tragic and darkly funny study of the human mind and a once-great nation coming to terms with its new place in the world.
“Following last year’s critically acclaimed sell-out run of Dennis Potter’s Brimstone & Treacle, SEArED return to the Arcola with the first major London revival in nearly 20 years of David Storey's quiet masterpiece Home.” – from the Arcola website
“David Storey’s beautiful 1970 play about old age, mental infirmity and what Virgil called ‘the tears in mortal things’ is one of the glories of modern drama.... An admirable revival... Storey’s play remains a work of haunting, elegiac power.” – The Guardian
“This excellent, intimate in-the-round production by SEArED shows how well Home has stood the test of time, a small masterpiece in minor key.” ★★★★ – Exeunt Magazine
“SEArED’s production of Home is as quietly beautiful as Storey’s writing...a strong and desolate play.” ★★★★ – The Upcoming
“Sears’s finely modulated production transmits a keen sense of the aching regret in this poetic and deeply humane piece.” – The Independent
“It sticks in the mind long after the last exchange.” – The Times
“An intensely funny, poignant and inspiring production...fantastically upheld by the five cast members, who are all perceptively flawless.” – A Younger Theatre
As seats are unallocated, I won’t be doing a group booking – please purchase your own seats on the Arcola website.
Please contribute £1 on arrival (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks in advance.
In the days immediately prior, I’ll circulate details of arrangements to meet before the performance. As well, we will have drinks in the theatre cafe-bar after the play – anyone who would like to is welcome to stay on afterward for a conversation about the play.
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