A Family's Dilemma...
Arts Centre Washington welcome Multi Story Theatre Company on Thursday 21 November with their brand new play ‘Every Mothers Son’ which tackles the emotive subject of what can happen when your offspring enlist for military service.
Chrissie and Doug live in the same house but only communicate by Skype. They are a loving couple who upped sticks twelve years ago to give their sons a better life in
Devon. So what are the strains and
stresses of parenthood that have brought them to this point?
Their eldest boy, Ben, climbs mountains. Their youngest son, Josh, is about to return for a second tour of duty to
If they are to see him off then they must leave in an hour. But whilst Chrissie
is in the kitchen baking cakes for Josh and his mates, Doug is down in the cellar
in front of his computer screens refusing to accompany his wife. Afghanistan
Multi Story Theatre Company’s new play, Every Mother's Son, invites the audience to experience Chrissie and Doug’s dilemma from the inside. Sat around tables between the 'kitchen' and the 'cellar', the audience can both eat Chrissie’s cakes and watch Doug’s video-mixing on two large screens as the pair of them search for common ground and try to find a way forward for their family.
A play that starts in the leafy lanes of England and ends up in the dusty dirt roads of Afghanistan, Every Mother’s Son embraces the frictions and fun of family life familiar to us all but made all the more intense when lives are on the line.
How have Chrissie and Doug’s choices shaped their children’s lives? Why does one son find fulfilment at the top of a mountain, the other with a gun in his hand? Are a parent’s love and support unconditional? And are the 21st century communication channels that we use a help or a hindrance?
You can watch the trailer for the production on Youtube.
Every Mothers Son comes to Arts Centre
on Thursday 21 November, tickets are £8.50 / £6 (conc) and are available from www.artscentrewashington.co.uk
or by calling 0191 219 3455. Washington