We Started To Sing is a love song to the people who raised him, and a hymn to the bravery of our brief lives.
“I wish there could be a day where families came together and just said it all to each other. Because then everyone would know it all, and there’d be nothing left to hurt anyone.”
Sussex. London. Wiltshire. Northamptonshire. Wales. Over three decades, a family spreads across the country, and the chord they once made together starts to fray. How will the distance growing between them change the music of their lives?
Barney Norris’ previous work at Arcola: Eventide (2015) and Visitors (2014), which won the Critics’ Circle Award and the Off West End Award for Most Promising Playwright. His other plays include Nightfall (Bridge Theatre); While We’re Here (Bush Theatre); Echo’s End (Salisbury Playhouse); and acclaimed adaptations of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding. His novels include Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, Turning for Home, and The Vanishing Hours.
Warm-hearted but too cosy
Backwards look inspires a tender family drama
Barbara Flynn and Robin Soans elevate a family nostalgia fest
Fragmented family ode
Intriguing but exhausting
Unusual new play