“A meaningful play about a really important subject”. As I left the Park Theatre having watched Eugene O’Hare’s play The Weatherman, these were the sort of (overheard) comments I heard. Unfortunately, I could not altogether agree.
The Weatherman, Eugene O’Hare’s full-length debut play opens with brief sunny spells but it’s clear that the forecast is for a stormy and changeable production.
The trafficking of human beings – 7,000 identified in the UK in 2018 – is a disgusting blight on our country. The fledgling playwright Eugene O’Hare is among many earnest contemporary writers (working in theatre, film and stage) seeking to shine a light on the problem.
It takes quite a play to bring tears to my eyes but, then, The Play About My Dad – set around the true stories of those who experienced Hurricane Katrina – is quite a piece of writing.
The Play About My Dad is a force of nature itself, blowing conventional storytelling out of the window. Poignant and heartbreaking, the hurricane is used as a framing device to tell the story of fathers and their children who are torn apart by words and deeds.
American playwright’s autobiographical The Play About My Dad, based on her experience in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, has just received its European premiere at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre, where its limited season continues until the 21 July 2018. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review highlights from this “extraordinarily moving” production – as well as the show’s trailer (also moving). Have a look – and then get booking!
As much a memoir as a chronicle of the people of Mississippi, Boo Killebrew’s meta-narrative The Play About My Dad is a nod in the direction of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
West End leading lady Madalena Alberto will perform in the new concert series Pizza Express Live! in Holborn on Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8pm.