A play exploring family relationships - and in particular, the moment of a child realises their parents are fellow human beings - will be offering a mother and daughter from Newcastle a slice of stage time.
Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone will be performed by an all male cast (aside from the mother and daughter guests, of course) at Northern Stage from June 4-6.
Borrowing its title from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, this highly celebrated work from Newcastle-based Greyscale - one of the UK’s foremost contemporary theatre companies - is billed as ‘a dynamic and subtle exploration of the most intense of family relationships’.
The play has been written and directed by Selma Dimitrijevic and condenses a lifetime of conversations into an hour-long intimate performance, observed live by a real life mother and daughter from the local community.
The performance plays out the story of a 30-something daughter visiting her aging mother, and depicts the most simple of conversations from baths, to tea, boyfriends and the weather.
Using repetition with subtle developments and changes, the piece produces a dynamic analysis of a lifetime of interactions between the two, gently pulling apart an ever-evolving relationship with a distinctly inevitable end.
Selma says: “When Almeida offered us a bit of time and money to develop a new project I knew I wanted to do our own version of Gods. I also knew that Scott (Turnbull) and Sean (Campion) would be perfect for it, and the fact that they weren’t the “right” gender didn’t make any difference. Making the show turned out to be the defining point for the company.
“It was at the same time the easiest and the most difficult thing we did as a team. We stripped it down to basics, two actors, two guests and the audience; so there is nowhere to hide. Every time we do it, we basically say: ‘here, this is who we are, this is what we feel’, and our fantastic audiences seem to be ready to do the same.”
Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone is at Northern Stage from 4-6 June. Visit www.northernstage.co.uk or call 0191 230 5151 for more information or to book tickets.