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Sunday, 6 October 2013
Preview: Every Mother's Son at Washington Arts Centre
A Family's Dilemma...
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.
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?
eldest boy, Ben, climbs mountains. Their youngest son, Josh, is about to return
for a second tour of duty to Afghanistan.
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.
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.
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
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.
Mothers Son comes to Arts Centre Washington
on Thursday 21 November, tickets are £8.50 / £6 (conc) and are available from www.artscentrewashington.co.uk
or by calling 0191 219 3455.