15 to 30 May 2015
in The Studio Theatre
by Jez Butterworth
directed by Claire Lewis
“My stuff. My possessions... they’re disappearing.”
Demolition expert Ned lives in a nice new house on a nice new estate with his wife of 11 years. He loves his job. Barbeques. Car-boot sales. Outwardly his life is entirely unremarkable. Not unlike his friend and neighbour Dale.
So why has he not slept a wink in six months? Why is he so terrified of his attractive wife Joy? And why is it every time he leaves on business, something else goes missing from his home? Is his mind playing tricks on him, or is the ground really shifting beneath his feet?
Parlour Song is a black, hilarious exploration of deceit, paranoia and murderous desire, as the spirit of the Blues lands in leafy suburbia.
Written by Jez Butterworth, the Olivier Award-winning playwright of Jerusalem.
“Butterworth exactly captures the mundane madness beneath the bland routine of affluence.”
“Blissfully funny ... a play that combines the comic, the erotic and the downright disconcerting with superb panache.”
“I haven’t laughed as much in ages.”
The Times ****
“Wickedly funny. The tone of the play is enthralling... crisply written and punctuated by laugh-out-loud comedy.”
Financial Times ****