Roundabout Festival: a beautiful, ferocious play about the bonds that tie us, and how we sometimes need to break them.


One sister stayed at home to care for Dad, the other set out to ‘make a difference’. Reunited under their childhood roof, Pauline and Rachel unearth more than the 10 years between them.

It’s a huge gap. Almost insurmountable. And each is determined to let the other know exactly who has done things right.

Written by Charley Miles, finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn award, New York 2017 (BLACKTHORN; West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Critic reviews

Moving and engaging play about the emotional cost of caring

The Stage

Doesn't quite land with the right amount of oomph – Miles pens a note-perfect monologue about beached whales, but sometimes the script lays it on a bit thick


Charley Miles’s multifaceted but tightly focused play is about the complex, envy-laced relationship between siblings

The Guardian

Miles’ play rings with emotional truth in capturing the equivocal nature of a sisterly relationship


Reunited in the house where their terminally ill father is slowly slipping away, two sisters can't stop bickering in a realistic but exhausting portrayal of family life

Everything Theatre

Very cleverly structured so that information is only slowly released, but it never quite engages as strongly as it might

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 10 Oct - Sat 26 Oct, 3pm, 6.45pm, 7pm, 7.45pm & 9pm
Runtime: 1 hr 10 mins


Theatre Royal Stratford East
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square E15 1BN London, UK · Get Directions

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