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The Domino Heart - Finborough Theatre

The Domino Heart

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MATTHEW Edison’s The Domino Heart, starring Amanda Hale, plays at Finborough Theatre for a limited run of nine Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from February 3 (preview February 2) to February 18, 2014.

After all, my little one, our life is this moment. This one. Gone. In a heartbeat.

As their marriage reaches its lowest ebb, in the midst of an old argument, Cara’s husband is killed in a car accident. The Reverend Mortimer Wright is sleepless and alone in his hospital room, trying to reconcile his relationship with God with his fear of death. Leo is camped out in his office, cigar in hand, bitterly musing on the state of the world from his corporate vantage point. In the night sky above, a helicopter carries the organ that will connect them all.

Part mystery, part examination of the human soul, The Domino Heart is the haunting story of three strangers linked by one heart. A powerful exploration of the questions we ask ourselves when faced with our own mortality, and the choices we make which determine who we are.

Jane Jeffery directs a cast that also includes Rob Cavazos and Lawrence Werber.

Amanda Hale’s theatre credits include The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida Theatre), The City and Wastwater (Royal Court Theatre), Electra, King Lear and After Dido (Young Vic), Our Class (National Theatre), Pornography (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), The Glass Menagerie (Apollo Theatre) for which she was nominated for two Evening Standard Awards – Outstanding Newcomer and Best Actress, Crooked and 66 Books (Bush Theatre) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford Playhouse).

Her screen work includes The Invisible Woman, The Look of Love, Bright Star and Richard Is My Boyfriend (film); Dates, The White Queen, Being Human, Ripper Street, Rev, The Crimson Petal and The White, Any Human Heart, Spooks, Murderland and Persuasion (TV).

Playwright Matthew Edison is an actor and writer living in Toronto. Born in 1975, he trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City, and is a great-great-great-grand-nephew of inventor Thomas Edison. The Domino Heart was his debut play and premiered at Toronto’s acclaimed Tarragon Theatre, where it was presented by Tarragon Theatre and Jack in the Black Theatre Company. It was nominated for Toronto’s most prestigious theatre award – the Dora Mavor Moore Award – for Best New Play.

The Domino Heart, the UK debut play of Matthew Edison, is a Finborough Theatre commission, and another in its series premiering the work of Canada’s most acclaimed playwrights.

Presented by Oscar Blustin for First Sight Theatre Company in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, The Domino Heart is designed by Jacob Hughes, with lighting by Ben Cowens and sound by Dan Jeffries.

Tickets: £18, £16 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 847 1652 or online at

Times: Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm; Tuesday matinees at 2pm.

The professional world premiere of Ivor Novello’s last musical, Valley of Song continues at Finborough Theatre until January 25, 2014. It will be followed – from January 28 to February 22 – by Carthage, which pieces together a boy’s life and death in care.