The race to declare the most exciting show for 2018 has well and truly been declared by Complicite with Grief is the Thing with Feathers, a new production based on the award-winning novel by Max Porter. Directed by Enda Walsh and starring Cillian Murphy, it is a moving story of a widower and his young sons which becomes a profound meditation on love, loss and living.
And if only dates for Galway and Dublin have been announced thus far , a glance at the co-producers – the Barbican, Cork Opera House, Edinburgh International Festival, Oxford Playhouse, St Ann’s Warehouse and Warwick Arts Centre – gives a little hope that we might not have to travel the Irish Sea if we don’t want to (although don’t quote me on that!)
That’s the what and when and where – now it’s time to decide which (or both!).
And just to balance that male energy, you can find the all-female cast of Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties here, opening in the Southwark Playhouse’s other space in late January.
EastEnders actress Nina Wadia leads the all-female cast alongside Sara Stewart, Lucy McCormick, Beatriz Romilly and Genesis Lynea. Directed by Charlie Parham, the piece is strongly influenced by cabaret and female drag and charts the lives of five very different New York women named Betty.