Bridge Theatre


28 Apr 2018 - 03 Jun 2018

£15.00 - £65.00

Pro reviewers rating
12 reviews

2.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

On a farm outside Winchester, Ryan struggles to make a living off the land. His sister Lou has returned home after the death of their father to support Jenny, their formidable mother. Not so long ago, when a neighbour’s Labrador strayed onto the farm, their dad reached for his shotgun. Now, when Lou’s boyfriend Pete reappears, flush with money from his job at an oil refinery, Jenny fights to hold her children to the life she planned for them.


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“The brand-new Bridge continues to defy predictability... a plaintive, conversational four-hander... It worked for me.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Astute about the ways in which the hardships and haphazardness of country life are often underestimated.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“The emotional subtleties of the piece demand that we hear nuance, and too many of the words get lost in this space. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“His dialogue is truthful and his jokes are funny but the play's two major revelations are predictable.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Exquisite... Norris' handling of grief is truthful to the point of hard-hitting, totally heartfelt and affecting.”

Broadway World (other reviewers)

“A small, intimate and intense domestic family drama for just four characters, and there are times when it feels a little exposed”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Norris’s writing style is low-key, but peppered with jokes and sharp one-liners. The story grows confidently.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Much as I liked the play and its added element of social rage, I felt it would have benefited from a more intimate staging.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Addressing issues that make The Archers seem like Heidi... May not be his best work but... a noble effort.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Uneven and, in the first half, drifts into lackadaisical... Never felt convincing in terms of its setting and the people.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“A small play on a large stage... Four good actors... performing with more delicacy than power.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Norris' intimate, if frustratingly safe, new play... Builds mystery and subtext, then doesn’t sustain them.”

Tim Bano (The Stage, Time Out)

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