American playwright Lauren Lee has been making quite a splash in her home country but this is the first time that British audiences will get a chance to see a play by a young writer who is becoming one of the US’s most performed playwrights. Directed by Genesis Future Directors Award recipient, Dadiow Lin, this stars Jill Halfpenny as Fiona, a woman whose eight-year-old son went missing two years ago. Clueless in every way, the inept police are giving up on the investigation and Fiona’s husband thinks it is time to move on, but Fiona can’t help feeling that she is missing something – and it’s not just her son. Yee explores the treachery of words in a play in which grief and absurdism meet head on.
Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, nor the neighbourhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings. Dadiow Lin, Genesis Future Directors Award recipient, directs Lauren Yee’s critically acclaimed in a word. Yee was the winner of the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize for in a word, a prize awarded annually to an emerging female playwright.