Parlour Song by Jez Butterworth
Directed by Martin Buttery
This production is part of a double-bill with Missing.
Ned blows up buildings for a living but is losing his grip...along with his hair...and quite possibly his wife. Joy, his wife, is bored with the bland routine of affluence so she steals her husband’s belongings and sleeps with the neighbour. Dale, the neighbour, employs an army of Kosovan car cleaners but can’t actually communicate with them. He can do push-ups on one hand but he can’t play Scrabble.
In this creepy yet blissfully funny play, award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth (Mojo, The Winterling and Jerusalem) exposes the quiet desperation that stalks Britain’s new build estates. He destroys the notion of a safe, dull and respectable British suburbia. His housing estate of identical little boxes is rife with illicit desire and painful memories, of bad dreams and mysterious disappearances.
With influences of Pinter, Orton, Ayckbourn and the Carry-On films, Parlour Song is a hilarious but uncomfortable look at ourselves.