A bed-ridden father and a family suffering a lot of tension – that’s what we see in these candid, behind the scenes images from rehearsals for Tinted Frame’s revival of Nigel Williams’ My Brother’s Keeper?. Take a look at these candid shots then book your tickets for this tense family drama that runs at Playground Theatre from 26 February to 23 March 2019.
First seen at Greenwich Theatre more than 30 years ago, Williams’ incisive, funny and affecting play explores the complexities of adult fraternal bonds, when shared childhoods and personal histories work as hard to repel as they do to bind. It poses the question, “Can the shared love of a dying father can overcome any damage done?”
Following a stroke, seventy-four-year-old actor Mr Stone lies dying in a near-empty hospital ward. His two sons, Tony and Sam, together again after several years, try to reconcile their fractured family before it’s too late. In doing so, they confront each other, their past, and the imminent loss of their father.
Andy de la Tour, who boasts acting credits at the National Theatre and Almeida Theatre, leads the cast as Mr Stone. He’s joined in the cast by Kathryn Pogson (Mrs Stone), David Partridge (Sam), Josh Taylor (Tony) and William Reay (Terry). The production is directed by Craig Gilbert, who is the new works associate at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. He has also directed Bygone at the Young Vic and his own adaptation of Three Men in a Boat, which toured the UK.
Williams has written more than 16 novels, including the bestselling Wimbledon Poisoner. He won the Somerset Maugham award for his first novel, My Life Closed Twice. His stage plays include Class Enemy, Sugar and Spice, Harry and Me (Royal Court), My Face and Line’em (National Theatre) and Lord of the Flies and Country Dancing (Royal Shakespeare Company). He won a television BAFTA for his adaptation of William Horwood‘s novel Skallrigg. and both an Emmy and Golden Globe in 2005 for his TV drama, Elizabeth I. His latest TV series, starring Helen Mirren, Catherine The Great, is due to be aired later this year.
My Brother’s Keeper? is staged at the Playground Theatre by Tinted Frame Productions, which was founded in 2015 with the aim to bring bold new writing and existing classics to the stage and screen for a contemporary audience. They are committed to telling stories that inspire, resonate, thrill and reflect a modern-day audience.
The show is staged in support of The Stroke Association, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. The charity delivers stroke services across the country, campaigns for better stroke care, invests in research and fundraises to try to help as many stroke survivors as possible. Stroke is the fourth single largest cause of death in the UK, with 100,000 people suffering a stroke in the UK each year.
My Brother’s Keeper runs from 26 February to 23 March at Playground Theatre, 8, Latimer Industrial Estate, Latimer Rd, London W10 6RQ. Performances from Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with matinees on Saturdays at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at £20.50 (concessions £18.50). CHICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Rehearsal gallery for My Brother’s Keeper?