Violence and Son

Royal Court

Violence and Son

03 Jun 2015 - 11 Jul 2015

£10.00 - £20.00

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10 reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
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0.0 out of 5.0

People know, you’re my boy. And they know better than to lay a fucking finger on you.
See? You are safer here with me, than you have ever been


Liam’s 17 years old, loves Dr Who and has lost his mum. He has had to move from London to Wales, to the valleys, to the middle of nowhere, to live with a dad he doesn’t know. Whose nickname isn’t Violence for nothing.

Gary Owen’s intimate new play is about what parents pass on and trying to do the right thing.

Ages 14+

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“Undeniably engrossing... The artistry of the performances and the panache of Mr Owen’s dialogue are entirely admirable. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Funny, moving and ultimately very unsettling play about a troubled father-son relationship. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Gripping... Owen’s skill is to underpin Liam and Jen’s wryly amusing will-they-won’t-they situation with something far darker. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Formidably troubling... A sucker punch of a play. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“A dark comedy that begins on a quirkily entertaining note and ends up in a place that’s as perturbing as it is problematic. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“What captivates throughout Gary Owen’s terrific new play is the way he gives us both sides of every story. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“For all the play’s sensitivity and insight, Owen in the end manipulates character to prove his point. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Masculinity's under the microscope: Liam's ineffectual gentleman against Rick's go-get-em alpha male. Finely tuned performances.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“The tensions between father and son and violence as an escape from intolerable emotions are handled very well. Splendidly acted.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“The dialogue is continuously salty... vigorous production features four finely tuned, effortless-seeming performances. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

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