Things I Know To Be True - At York Theatre Royal
Lauren Masterman, York Correspondent
A series of bright white flashes suddenly come to a halt, a solitary spotlight resides over Bob, asleep in his bed.
A phone rings; the dreaded late-night phone call that means his life will never be the same again. Dramatic, breathtaking, brutal, stunning: an opening scene that perfectly encapsulates the production that ensues.
Things I Know To Be True invites us into the lives of mother and father, Fran and Bob, and their children, Mark, Pip, Ben and Rosie.
Bob has taken early retirement after his years of hard, honest work in a car factory, Fran is a nurse who slogs away through the night shift and still makes time to clean her youngest son's shirts, the children have all grown up, left home and are making their own way in life, apart from the youngest, Rosie, who wants to cling to her safe family unit for as long as she can.
Enjoying his retirement, Bob spends much of his time in the garden where his family have played, pondered, hidden away and had a sneaky cig or two. As the garden grows and the seasons change, so do the lives of those around him, beyond his control and certainly not as he expected.
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However, the story of this family unfolds and intertwines with the inspired use of poetic movement.
Theatre companies Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia have created a visually beautiful, perfectly timed balancing act of props and people gliding across the stage in superb synchronicity.
This combination of frank and honest realism with captivating choreography has brought Andrew Bovell's script to life and the result is a production that is impassioned, powerful and wholly affecting.
Things I know To Be True is on show at York Theatre Royal until November 4th.
Things I Know To Be True - At York Theatre Royal, 3rd November 2017, 9:36 AM