Things I Know To Be True
Drama

Lyric Hammersmith

Things I Know To Be True

10 Sep 2016 - 01 Oct 2016

£15.00 - £40.00

Pro reviewers rating
9 reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

  • Synopsis
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Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.

Featuring Frantic Assembly's celebrated physicality, a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.

Back for 2018 after a tour, with Barker and Oswald reprising the roles they played at the UK premiere here in 2016.  

(Reviews are of the 2016 cast)

Lyric Hammersmith [Off West End]

“A thing of beauty... Bovell offers us a portrait of family life in all its gory reality – and it is an absolute gem. ”

Chris Bennion (The Times, The Stage, Telegraph)

“Fran’s independence is fierily conveyed by Stubbs, and Stewart is wonderful as Bob... Appealingly tender. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Frantic Assembly brings its signature magic to a beautiful evocation of family life. ”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

“Beautiful...The bite of psychological realism and the glowing ache of stage poetry are brought together unforgettably. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Evokes close-knit, squabbling domesticity with warmth... you come to share the family's affection, irritation and heartbreak. ”

Marianka Swain (Arts Desk)

“Beautifully staged but strikes me as spurious in its belief that suburban sadness is the same the world over. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A wonderful performance of hurt and longing from Casey... Moments of affecting emotion and great beauty. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“"First world problems”. Bovell writes with undeniable sensitivity and articulacy, but I’m afraid not in this case to much point.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Frantic Assembly’s trademark physical theatre interludes feel clumsy, here, as the cast struggle to inject emotional depth. ”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

Reviews (1)    

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Most amazing piece of theatre I've ever seen, so powerful. I was crying my head off by the end. Gave me a feeling I've never felt before by the end and I still can't work out what it was but what I do know is it was magical. Loved it.

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