Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller, lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst and forms the final part of the critically acclaimed trilogy with The Father and The Mother.
I’m telling you. I don’t understand what’s happening to me.
Nicolas is going through a difficult phase after his parents’ divorce. He’s listless, skipping school, lying and thinks that moving in with his father and his new family may help. A fresh start. When he doesn’t settle there either, he decides that going back to his mother’s may be the answer. When change feels like the only way to survive, what will he do when the options begin to run out?
Unbearably moving, all the more so because it also taps into the genuine joys of family life
This is a play that fully deserves all the accolades that it will surely collect
A uniquely emphatic and empathetic play about the terror of depression
Longhurst takes this realism and translates it into an urgent piece that becomes a case study as much as cautionary tale
A shockingly accurate representation of not just the illness, but the attitudes and miscomprehension that so often surrounds it
Michael Longhurst’s flowing production is tense
A piercing drama of depression
Laurie Kynaston is terrific in unnerving and beautifully sensitive drama
The only letdown is that The Son adds up to less than the sum of its parts, with a literalness that extends to putting straight-forwardly sad music over the sadness on stage