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Late Company - Finborough Theatre

Finborough Theatre. Photo credit: Matt Freestone.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AS PART of the Finborough Theatre’s celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday, Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill will debut his play, Late Company, at the Finborough Theatre for a strictly limited season – from April 25 to May 20, 2017.

One year after a terrible tragedy: two sets of parents, one dead son, one living son. Who is to blame?

At a suburban dinner party for closure after 17 year-old Joel commits suicide, the guests are his heartbroken mother and father, his so-called tormentor Curtis, and his parents.

Far from finding the peace they seek, the dinner strips bare their good intentions to reveal layers of parental, sexual, and political hypocrisy.

Written with sensitivity and humour, Late Company explores restorative justice, cyber bullying and the ever-changing complexities of parenthood in the 21st century.

Michael Yale directs a cast that includes Todd Boyce (as Michael), David Leopold (Curtis), Alex Lowe (Bill), Lucy Robinson (Debora) and Lisa Stevenson (Tamara).

Todd Boyce’s theatre credits includes The Exorcist (Birmingham Rep), The Last of the Boys (Southwark Playhouse), Hamlet (Young Vic), The Women of Lockerbie (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Glyn and It (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford), Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf (South Australian Theatre Company), The Normal Heart and Dr Faustus (Sydney Theatre Company), Limited Edition (Sydney Dance Company), Lovers from Hell (Ovalhouse) and The Exonerated (Riverside Studios).

His screen credits include Mr Selfridge, Sherlock, The Crown, In Clear Sight, Coronation Street, Spooks, Beaver Falls, Hollyoaks, Adventures Inc, Broken News, Comfort Zone and The Restless Years (TV); Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, In Clear Sight, Kick Ass 2, The Gatekeeper, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Everest, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Spygame, Jefferson in Paris, The Punisher, Blue Ice, Penelope and The Delinquents (film).

David Leopold’s theatre credits include Muted (Bunker Theatre), Burnt Part Boys (Park Theatre), Soho Young Playwrights (Soho Theatre), Little Sure Shot (Theatre Royal Bath) and Uncle Vanya, Polar Bears and The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Alex Lowe’s theatre work includes Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Changeling (Young Vic), The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court Theatre/Young Vic), Blue Orange (Watford Palace Theatre), The Missing Hancocks (The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh), The New Power Generation (Live Nation), The Trial of Dennis the Menace (Purcell Rooms), The Tempest (Stafford Castle) and Uncle Vanya (Renaissance Theatre Company).

His screen work includes Open All Hours, Unforgotten, Cheap Cheap Cheap, The Job Lot, Pompidou, Barry’s Bucket List, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The IT Crowd, Casualty, Peep Show, Peter Kay Project, Lead Balloon, French and Saunders and New Tricks (TV); The Devil Outside, Grimsby, My Week with Marilyn, Haunted, Much Ado About Nothing and Peter’s Friends (film).

Lowe’s radio work includes Barry’s Lunch Club, Before They Were Famous, Clare in the Community, Trapped and The Brothers.

Lucy Robinson’s theatre work includes Waste and The Hard Problem (National Theatre), Handbagged (Vaudeville Theatre), Sweet Bird of Youth and Cause Celebre (Old Vic), In the Next Room (Theatre Royal Bath), Blithe Spirit (Nottingham Playhouse), Happy Now? (Gate Theatre), Macbeth and Top Girls (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), An Ideal Husband (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), The Hypochondriac (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Miser (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Her screen credits include Highway to Dhampus, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason and The Biographer (film); Cold Feet, The Hollow Crown, Call the Midwife, Being Human, Missing, Doctor Who, New Tricks, The IT Crowd, Holby City, Coronation Street, Doc Martin, Rosemary and Thyme, Casualty, The Royal and Lewis (TV).

Lisa Stevenson’s theatre includes War Horse (National Theatre), Measure for Measure and Richard III (RSC), A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet, Henry V and Autumn and Winter (Shakespeare’s Globe), Comfort Me With Apples (Hampstead Theatre), Factors Unforeseen (Orange Tree Theatre), Comedy of Errors (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Rita Sue and Bob Too and Explicit Polaroids (Out of Joint) and King Lear (Bristol Old Vic).

Her other work includes Dixi, Obsession: Dark Desire, EastEnders, Doctors, Holby City, Murder in Mind, The Message, Casualty, The Bill, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, John Judge Deed, Keen Eddie and Heartbeat (TV); Dead House Six and The Football Factory (film) and Listening to the Dead: Ruby’s Shoes/Tuesday’s Child, Being Brave and Listen to the Words (radio).

Late Company has set and costumes by Zahra Mansouri, lighting by Nic Farman and sound by Chris Prosho.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0844 847 1652 or visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.

Also at the Finborough Theatre: the first professional London production in over 50 years of Arthur Miller’s Incident At Vichy (March 28 to April 22) and T. W. Robertson’s 1867 comedy Caste, starring Paul Bradley and Susan Penhaligon (April 2 to April 18, 2017).