National Theatre


25 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018

£19.00 - £24.00

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Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.

In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation. A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan.

Devised by Zeldin and the show's ensemble, the piece last seen at the NT in 2017 is back in London.


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“Both the least dramatic and the most dramatic show of the year. It’s certainly my favourite.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“The bleak modern-day Christmas story that this long, angry and bitter year deserves... Jenkins works wonders with the space.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“it’s mostly through texture that Zeldin works. Tiny, precise observational details help you glimpse what homelessness feels like”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Emotionally devastating... A remarkable level of observational detail... Potent, emotive and accusatory.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Zeldin’s painfully slow, closely observed approach turns the audience into voyeurs... A shameful, essential watch.”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“Filled with observant compassion... Shows the cast seeming to live rather than act... Potent.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Slowly builds up a picture of his characters through details which, no matter how small, accrue a considerable emotional power.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Ends with 15 minutes of breath-stopping, jaw-dropping theatre surely as powerful as anything the departing year has brought us.”

Tom Birchenough (Arts Desk)

“Painfully naturalistic, low-key slice of life... Effective... Magnificent Anna Calder-Marshall... Pitched low and slow.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“An unblinking look at poverty; what it looks like, what it feels like, what it does to human beings... Very little happens.”

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

“Detail makes skin-pricklingly palpable the infuriations, petty and gross, of living in cramped closeness among strangers.”

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