That Face

Theatre, Drama
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Polly Stenham's 2007 hit 'That Face' is revived and directed by Tara Robinson, associate director to Michael Grandage and his West End season. The piece looks at a dysfunctional but affluent family with a drug addicted matriarch as the children begin to fly the nest.


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Polly Stenham's That Face is thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking without losing any accesibility. Played out in a very intimate space, it was easy to relate to the characters and I felt Rory Fleck Byrne (as Henry) in particular brings the audience with him as he fights to support the family, before eventually demonstrating how much it had damaged him. The play strongly evidences the effect of the combination of affulence and alcohol and demonstrates a plausible scanario, which always helps. Apparently Polly Stenham wrote this play back in 2007 at an age of 19 and I was left wondering which, if any. of the characters she had evidenced in order to write so convincingly. The Landor itself is a fringe venue well worth a visit.