As a father approaches the end of his life, his three children try to reconcile three very different experiences of the same man.
Anne cleans his place spotless, but refuses to go in to see him. Maria finds solace in drinking, just like her father. Peter has an unhealthy obsession with aquariums. Josh, Anne’s son, tries to make sense of his mother’s prickly relationship with her siblings. Lifelong familial tensions come to a head. And keeping score is a dangerous game.
For playwright Mary Rachel Brown, the play has a long and personal history. “I wrote this play 20 years ago under the guidance of Director and Dramaturg Iain Sinclair. Twenty years on and the subject matter remains a central part of my life. All My Sleep and Waking is about the lynchpin of family and its power to fix us and break us with the same stroke. It is an ode to grief and how we carry it as individuals and as families”.
“This is the third play by Mary that we’ve presented in recent years,” says director Dino Dimitriadis. “It is one of the most complex and truthful portraits of family I’ve encountered. Grief and forgiveness are untidy beasts. Mary paints them with humour, grace and heart”.
Di Adams, Angela Bauer, Alex Beauman and Richard Sydenham feature.
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