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Blowing

12 Oct – 14 Nov 2010
Written by Jeroen van den Berg
Translated by Rina Vergano
Directed by Dan Barnard & Rachel Briscoe

What happens when family becomes a game for other people to watch?

Stop. Rewind. Start again. And this time, make sure it’s perfect.

A perfect family celebrate their perfect mother’s perfect 40th birthday. A perfect photo opportunity – or a chance to destroy the image of perfection that they’ve been peddling for years. Time to choose.

Jules Bradley has it all. Devoted husband, high achieving kids, forty-five years old today but she doesn’t look a day over twenty-one. Honestly. And she has prepared a special birthday brunch to celebrate. But her children, Tom and Jessica, are not prepared to play along with the lies any more. They are taking power back. Because soon they’ll forget what is real and what is fantasy.

‘Blowing’ is a darkly comedic story of a disgruntled family which no one has got around to leaving yet. A story of dreams, destruction and deceit, written by one of the most talented playwrights in the Netherlands.

A Boundless Theatre, The Junction and fanSHEN co-production.

Awards

Winner of the Young Angels Theatremakers Award.
Winner of the Taalunie Award for Best New Play.

This is a past production

Venues

Cambridge Junction
The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft
Kingston Grammar School
Mowlem Theatre, Swanage
Colchester Arts Centre
MAC, Birmingham
Watermans, London
Theatre Royal Bath: The Egg
Harrow Arts Centre
The Maltings, St Albans
The Dukes Lancaster
The Cut, Halesworth
Southwark Playhouse

Cast