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House of America - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN by Ed Thomas and directed by James O’Donnell, House of America will run at the Jack Studio Theatre from Tuesday, June 27 to Saturday, July 15, 2017.

You think the house is rocking, you haven’t seen nothing yet.

This is Wales. This is the Lewis Family. This is the House of America.

Abandoned by their father for a new life in California, siblings Sid, Gwenny and Boyo are left to care for their mysterious Mammy and her growing eccentricities.

With the new mine encroaching on the family home, their secrets are unearthed and dreams of America soon unravel. As tragedy unfolds, was reality ever what it seemed?

Described as explosive and passionate, House of America received international acclaim when first staged in Cardiff in 1988. It later transferred to the Royal Court Theatre in 1989 winning the Time Out award for best new play in London before being made into a feature film in 1996.

Ed Thomas’ other work includes Hinterland/Y Gwyll shot in Welsh and English for S4C and BBC Wales. He is also the founding member and creative director of Cardiff based film and TV production company Fiction Factory.

His other plays – Flowers of the Dead Red Sea (1991), East from the Gantry (1993), Song from a Forgotten City (1995), Gas Station Angel (1998) and Stone City Blue (2004) – have toured all over the UK, Europe and Australia, been translated into more than 10 languages, and played at venues including the Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, Tramway Glasgow and Lyceum Edinburgh.

Presented by Free Fall Productions and Ysbryd London, House of America will be designed by Mary Sankey, with lighting by Jamie Platt and sound by Rachel Murray. Casting will be announced shortly.

House of America contains adult themes and is therefore suitable for ages 16+.

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions – available from the box office on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 fee for phone bookings only) or online at

Time: 7.45pm.

Also at the Jack Studio Theatre: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (until April 22) and Voices from Chenobyl by Svetlana Alexievich (May 2 to May 13, 2017).