- Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award - 2013
A witty and heartfelt look at a family falling apart – and pulling together – when life doesn’t turn out quite the way they imagined. Joint Winner of the Critics' Circle Most Promising Playwright Award, 2013.
It's Andy Griffith's twenty-first birthday. Not that he's counting. But his mother Carol is. Counting the minutes until he arrives, counting the unexpected guests, counting the times that something like this has happened before.
Rory Kinnear's first play, The Herd was first performed at the Bush Theatre, London, in September 2013.
Set Text >> The Herd is a set text for AQA English Language and Literature AS & A-Level.
'I think it's better if I say this now rather than risk it coming out wrong in the heat of the moment: I find it very difficult to even look at you. What you have put my family through in the last fifteen years I would not wish on my worst enemy. Which, unsurprisingly, is you.'
'Remarkable... all the roles represent gifts for actors'Telegraph
'An accomplished debut... a vivid and unsentimental portrait of domestic life, flecked with wry humour'Evening Standard
'Grips like a vice'Whatsonstage.com
'Witty, agonising and eye-opening... a weave of painful insights and playful humour'Independent