Late Company Tickets
Trafalgar Studio Two
Booking until: Saturday, 16 September 2017
This show is now closed.
Monday, 21 August 2017
Saturday, 16 September 2017
You love nothing better than a genuine, rip-roaring, critically acclaimed play. No problem - you'll adore Jordan Tannahill's marvellous piece, which held its European première at the Finborough theatre in early 2017 and scored a huge hit. Now it has transferred to Trafalgar Studios following its sell-out première.
What goes on? This is a potent new drama about the devastating after-effects of cyber-bullying, one of the hottest topics of our age and something we're far from resolving. The subject matter alone makes Late Company special. Meet one typical middle-class couple. They invite the person who bullied their son, and his parents, to their place for a dinner party, and all hell lets loose. The play is beautifully directed by Michael Yale and features the original, brilliant cast, namely Todd Boyce, David Leopold, Alex Lowe, Lucy Robinson and Lisa Stevenson.
Artist Deborah and politician Michael are nervously awaiting their dinner guests. Deborah in particular hopes that the event will deliver some sort of closure. They're expecting adults Bill and Tamara, plus their son Curtis. He's a member of a gang of teens who had been mercilessly bullying their son, who killed himself as a result. When Deborah and Michael discover that the videos posted by their son that transformed him into a target remain online, the endless, awful pain of their loss is made even worse.
This play has proved a big hit with the critics. And there's a lot more to it than initially meets the eye. As WhatsOnStage's Holly Williams said, it's “a dinner-party from hell, but a show that serves up plenty of food for thought." No wonder it's such powerful stuff, being based on an incident in the playwright's home town of Ottawa, Canada, that touched him very deeply as a gay youth in his early twenties. When a story is this personal it shows, adding an entirely new dimension.
Add class tension to the mix and the results is even more painful to watch. Michael and Deborah clearly despise Tamara and Bill, and the play soon explodes into anger, defensiveness and recrimination. The five characters tear each other apart verbally, exploring everything from attitudes towards mental health to the horror of being different at school.
Tannahill wrote the play as a kind of catharsis, to share with his close friends, a way to vent his anger and find a kind of reckoning. Apparently he never dreamed it would end up on stage, in London's famous West End. Best of all the playwright doesn’t pull any punches. It's painful but brilliant. Don't miss it.
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Trafalgar Studio Two
14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY
- Air conditioned
- Infrared hearing loop
- Member of Q-Park scheme
- Capacity: 382
- Year built: 1930