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All I’ve Known - Chickenshed

All I’ve Known

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ALL I’VE Known, a new production from Chickenshed, runs in Chickenshed’s Studio Theatre from Wednesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 18, 2013.

When you’ve have a child from that young, and you go through so much with them, you don’t ever not think of them as yours. I remember the smell of him, the way he was and everything about him. And so it was amazing for him to come back.

All I’ve Known is inspired by writer and director Rachel Yates’ own childhood growing up in a family that fostered children over many years. It is the story of a now grown up son, with children of his own, who is ready to reconnect with the family that loved him deeply.

Having spoken to other people with their own stories to share, Yates weaves together excerpts from these interviews to create the backdrop for a moving and poignant new play.

A revealing and uplifting picture of family life, All I’ve Known is told using Chickenshed’s characteristic physical style.

All I’ve Known is recommended for ages 15+.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 020 8292 9222, by email: or online at

Times: Evenings performances at 7.30pm; matinees on Thursday, May 16 at 1pm and Saturday, May 18 at 3.30pm.

Signed performance: Friday, May 10 at 7.30pm.

Captioned performance: Thursday, May 16 at 7.30pm.

The Making of All I’ve Known: Wednesday, May 8 at 6.30pm (30 minutes pre-show) – Rachel Yates, writer and director, will talk about using real stories and interviews as the inspiration and source material for the play, and how the piec e was developed. Free.

Post Show Talk: Tuesday, May 14 – After the show there will be an opportunity to meet some of the people who shared their stories of the care system and hear about their involvement in the project. Free.