All in Row is set on the eve of a couple’s non-verbal autistic son being taken into care. The child is portrayed by a puppet. What was the thinking behind this and other choices in the play? Watch our rehearsal room interviews with the writer, director and cast. Time to get booking!
The premiere production of All in Row runs at Southwark Playhouse from 14 February to 9 March 2019, with a press night on 18 February and a post-show Q&A chaired by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Thursday 21 February.
Like any couple, Tamora and Martin have big hopes and dreams. But when your child is autistic, non-verbal, low-functioning and occasionally violent, ambitions can quickly become a pipe dream. In a household brimming with love, resentment and realisations, meet Tamora, Martin, and Laurence’s carer Gary as they struggle to care for their beloved boy. On the night before social services finally intervenes, who is the victim here? Who was the traitor? And who do you blame when you can no longer cope?
Charlie Brooks and Simon Lipkin star as Tamora and Gary alongside Michael Fox as Gary and puppeteer Hugh Purves as Laurence. Alex Oates’ new play is inspired by his experiences working as a carer for over a decade. It reunites the team – director Dominic Shaw, designer PJ McEvoy and producer Paul Virides – behind Oates’ one-man play Silk Road (How to Buy Drugs Online).
West End Video visited All in Row rehearsals to talk to writer Alex Oates, director Dominic Shaw, puppetry designer and director Sian Kidd, and cast members Charlie Brooks, Simon Lipkin, Michael Fox and Hugh Purves.
“We romanticize a lot of tough situations in theatre. Of course, people deal with hard subjects all of the time, but they very rarely deal with them in a truly realistic fashion.”
All in a Row runs from 14 February to 9 March 2019 at Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD, with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Tuesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £14-22. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!