Newbury, 1997. Sal is attempting a cook dinner for the family. She and husband David have pulled off a coup and gathered their brood back home for the weekend.
Eldest son Carl is bringing his new girlfriend to meet everyone for the first time; middle daughter Polly is back from Cambridge University for the occasion; and youngest Tom will hopefully make it out of detention in time for dinner.
Sal and David would rather feed their kids with leftist ideals and welfarism than fancy cuisine. When you’ve named each of your offspring after your socialist heroes, you’ve given them a lot to live up to…
“When I was your age I wanted to be in a band and sleep with Mick Jagger – and Jimi Hendrix – so who am I to judge the choices you’ve made so far?”
Jack Thorne and John Tiffany’s new show is an absorbing but aimless time-hopping family saga
The title promises a political emphasis but instead devolves into the sort of parent-child agon that Philip Larkin might well recognis
Kate O’Flynn and Lesley Sharp give stunning performances in Jack Thorne’s family drama
The excellent Kate O'Flynn plays beautifully off Davidson in their scene together
Beautifully staged by John Tiffany, Thorne’s new drama explores the pitfalls of socialist parenting
Brooding, dysfunctional family charts course from Blair to Brexit
Lesley Sharp is painfully funny in this clever, intriguing production
Despite a lumpy script and a surfeit of bad language, this play just about works.