Things I Know To Be True
A complex and intense portrait of the mechanics of a family – and a marriage – through the eyes of four siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents' love and expectations.
Bob and Fran have worked hard to give their four children the opportunities they never had. Now, with the kids ready to make lives of their own, it's time to sit back and smell the roses. But the change of the seasons reveals some shattering truths, leaving us asking whether it's possible to love too much.
Andrew Bovell's beautifully touching, funny and bold play Things I Know To Be True was premiered in Adelaide, Australia, as a co-production between Frantic Assembly and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. It received its British premiere in 2016, co-produced with Warwick Arts Centre in association with Chichester Festival Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith.
'Both down to earth and gently magical. It’s the sort of uniquely theatrical evening that might just convert those suspicious that theatre doesn’t speak to them'The Times
'An understated gem of a play… [its] searing honesty about family relationships stays with you long after the curtain falls'Radio Times
'A thing of beauty... Bovell offers us a portrait of family life in all its gory reality – and it is an absolute gem... so exquisitely observed it makes you wince'Telegraph
'A mix of warm humanity and sadness… there’s an intelligent attentiveness to the little details of domesticity, some sour and others honeyed'Evening Standard
'A beautiful and painfully perceptive family portrait… genuinely haunting and fervently recommended'Independent
'Beautiful and devastating… a powerful look at the coexistence of narcissism and unconditional love in family life'The Stage
'Exquisitely articulate… a drama that explores big ideas through an almost unbearable intimacy'The Arts Desk
'Bovell's hypnotic, poetic use of language and his unusual plotting structure… are piercingly beautiful'Arts Hub Australia
8 Sep 2016Size: 198mm x 129mm
8 Sep 2016
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