Faces in the Crowd

Faces in the Crowd

Los Ingrávidos


Leave a life. Blow everything up.

Or better still: leave empty chairs at the tables you once shared with friends. What few people understand is that you leave one life to start another.

In Mexico City, a mother begins writing her novel.
She is constantly interrupted.
In New York, a woman is haunted by the ghost of a Mexican poet.
She can’t keep out the past.
100 years earlier, a poet is troubled by visions of a woman on the subway.
She lives decades in the future.

As a mother tries to remember the faces from her past, the lines between her and them blur, time folds in on itself and ghosts appear everywhere.

Based on Valeria Luiselli’s award winning, internationally-acclaimed novel, Faces in the Crowd beautifully intertwines three narratives in unexpected ways. Pushing the boundaries of storytelling, this dizzying, fluid and haunting adaptation explores whether our identities are more permeable than we imagine.

Critic reviews

Ellen McDougall's deft adaptation captures the unpredictable energy of Valeria Luiselli’s remarkable novel

The Stage

This dazzling adaptation of Valeria Luiselli’s magical realist novel rewards intense viewing

Time Out

It seethes beneath the surface with the frustration of centuries of women who have discovered that the pram in the hall leaves them short of the breath necessary to sustain a story, to tell their story

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Too many unanswered riddles


The subdued fever dream of a mother who's striving to break through the confines of her role

Broadway World

A drama lost in translation

The Times

Valeria Luiselli adaptation is strikingly imaginative

The Guardian

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Thu 16 Jan - Sat 8 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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