Things I Know to Be True

Andrew Bovell
Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest, it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But as each season brings about a new and devastating change, it becomes clear that life never works out as planned.
Production
(2016)
2017

A Doll's House

Henrik Ibsen
Based on the life of Laura Kieler, a close friend of Henrik Ibsen’s, and first performed in 1879, A Doll’s House initially met with controversy over the way it criticises nineteenth-century marital norms. Ibsen confronts the problems with an exclusively male society, and a woman’s place within that.
A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen
Production
(2012)
BBC Studios
(1992)
Production
1879

All My Sons

All My Sons is Arthur Miller's Twentieth-century classic play about social responsibility set against personal gain. When Joe Keller places the prosperity of his family above the lives of others, there are consequences for all. Set in post World War II America, All My Sons sees a family in mourning torn further asunder by secrets and lies.
All My Sons by Arthur Miller with David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker
Production
(2012)
LA Theatre Works
(2000)
Audio Theatre
1947

Lovesong

Abi Morgan
Lovesong intertwines a couple in their 20s with the same man and woman a lifetime later. Their past and present selves collide in this haunting and beautiful tale of togetherness.
Lovesong by Abi Morgan
Production
(2012)

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The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a partially fictionalised telling of the Salem witch trials of 1692/3. Accusations of witchcraft following a game played by the daughters of a Massachusetts village spiral out of control and many must choose between their reputations and their integrity.
Richard Armitage as John Proctor in The Crucible (© Jay Brooks)
Production
(2014)
LA Theatre Works
(1988)
Audio Theatre
1953

True West

Sam Shepard
Often hailed as Sam Shepard’s masterpiece, True West deconstructs the damaged relationship between two estranged brothers who are striving for success.
Eugene O'Hare and Alex Ferns on the set of True West
Production
(2014)
LA Theatre Works
(2001)
Audio Theatre

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1980

Earthquakes in London

Mike Bartlett
Describing the relationship between three sisters, their partners and their estranged father, Earthquakes in London is a sprawling chaotic portrait of modern politics and growing environmental concern.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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2010

Girls

Ikoko
Focused on three best friends who are kidnapped and held captive, Ikoko's fiercely contemporary portrait of the consume-and-discard nature of modern society was created through the support of the Talawa Writer's Programme.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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2015

Jerusalem

Jez Butterworth
Talking About Plays
(2016)
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2009

Live Like Pigs

John Arden
Set in a 1950s council estate, Live Like Pigs follows the conflicts of three families who find themselves unwilling neighbours.
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(2016)
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1957

London Road

Alecky Blythe, a playwright specialising in verbatim theatre, wrote London Road for the 2011 National Theatre production, later adapting it for the 2015 film. The text, taken from real-life accounts, follows the impact felt by the Ipswich community after a string of murders in 2006.
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(2016)
Interview

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2011

Metamorphosis

Steven Berkoff
The story of Gregor Samsa, who awakes one morning to find himself transformed into an insect, is one of Kafka's best-known works. Adapted by Steven Berkoff for performance in 1969, the text remains a key examination of the human condition.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1969

My Mother Said I Never Should

Charlotte Keatley
Exploring the relationship between four generations of the same family, Keatley's play interrogates the changing position of women in society throughout the 20th century.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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1985

Red Velvet

John Logan
A play of imagined experiences based on the true story of successful 19th-century black actor Ira Aldridge, Red Velvet explores a vivid life that had disappeared from public consciousness and theatre history.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

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2012

The Accrington Pals

Peter Whelan
The Accrington Pals, based on the experiences of the East Lancashire 11th Battalion, tells the story of the young men who went to the Front in WW1 and the women they left behind.
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(2016)
Interview

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1981