Sibling relationships and teenage friendships come under the microscope in the latest from Naomi Wallace, a playwright who understands very deeply that the personal is political and how politics impacts on personal lives, sometimes with tragic consequences. The first of a trilogy of plays set in 1970s Kentucky, The Breach—directed by former Royal Exchange AD, Sarah Frankcom, making a very welcome return to our stages—focusses on brother and sister Acton and Jude. Jude is desperate to keep her younger brother supported and safe and she works nights and weekends so that he will get the opportunities he will need to live the American dream. But will it be enough?
There’s nothing that 17-year-old Jude won’t do to keep her younger brother Acton safe. Growing up in the turbulence of 1970s America, Jude works nights and weekends to pay the bills, just so that they can stay together and with their mother. But when Acton’s troublesome pals form a club in their basement, a foolish game threatens to upend Jude's plans, and derail their lives forever. How far will Jude go to protect her brother? And who will pay the eventual price of her doing so? As trust and loyalty are put on the line, hindsight proves devastating in Naomi Wallace’s absorbing drama The Breach, directed by Sarah Frankcom.