That Face - Landor Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
THAT FACE, the debut play from award-winning playwright Polly Stenham, will have its first London revival at the Landor Theatre, where it runs from November 14 (previews from November 12) to December 1, 2013.
That Face is a compelling portrayal of an affluent family in freefall. Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha’s. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother.
This is a family at breaking point. Mia and Henry have long been dealing with their mother’s addictions, but after a prank goes wrong at Mia’s boarding school, their situation goes from comically bad to utterly ridiculous.
When their estranged father arrives to sort things out, they must face the reality that their well-to-do family may have combusted beyond repair.
That Face is a hard-hitting, intense and darkly comic exploration of children who become parents to their parents.
That Face will be directed by Tara Robinson, who is currently Associate Director to Michael Grandage on his West End season at the Noel Coward Theatre, currently working on A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams.
Tara Robinson runs her own company The Conker Group and is an associate director at The Gate and with Company of Angels. Her recent credits include Political Me: Apology Songs (Camden People’s Theatre), The Bomb (Tricycle Theatre) and the 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic).
Polly Stenham wrote That Face when she was just 19 years old. The original production at the Royal Court Theatre, which later transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre, was directed by Jeremy Herrin and starred Lindsay Duncan and Matt Smith. Awards for That Face include the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play and the Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. It was also nominated for Best New Play at the 2009 Olivier Awards.
Polly Stenham’s second and third plays, Tusk Tusk and No Quarter, were also produced by The Royal Court, and she is currently under commission to the Donmar Warehouse, the National Theatre and the Almeida Theatre. For film, she is writing a screenplay adaption of Tusk Tusk for Origin Pictures and Film4, and for television, she is writing and directing a short film for Sky Arts.
Produced by David Adkin, That Face will have set and costume design by Rachel Stone and lighting design by Derek Anderson. Casting has yet to be announced.
Tickets: £16 (previews £12) – available from the box office on 020 7737 7276 or online at www.landortheatre.co.uk/.
Times: Tuesday to Thursday and Saturdays at 7.30pm; Fridays at 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.
Prior to That Face, The Bakewell Bake Off runs at the Landor Theatre from October 8 to October 26, 2013.