Things I Know to be True by Andrew BovellBob and Fran have worked hard to give their four children the opportunities they never had. Now, with the kids ready to make lives of their own, its time to sit back and smell the roses. But the change of the seasons reveals some shattering truths, leaving us asking whether its possible to love too much.
Things I Know To Be True is Andrew Bovells complex and intense portrait of the mechanics of a family - and a marriage - through the eyes of four siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents love and expectations.
Beautifully touching, funny and bold, the play was premiered in Adelaide, Australia, as a co-production between Frantic Assembly and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. It received its British premiere in 2016, co-produced with Warwick Arts Centre in association with Chichester Festival Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith.
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I received a call from Australian director Geordie Brookman asking whether I fancied working with him and writer Andrew Bovell on a new project. Geordie mentioned that Andrew wanted to do something different and the suggestion was we go into a rehearsal room with nothing but a book of Gregory Crewdson photos and see what happened. Of course, I was totally up for it. After a week of work in Adelaide the Price family started to take shape. Andrew was fantastic at creating improvisations with the brilliant Australian actors. Geordie and I would take this on and explore the physical language of the piece. Designer Geoff Cobham was a vital collaborator.
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Please refresh the page and retry. C an a parent a love their children too much? Is it unwise to project all aspirations onto their futures? These are the questions which hover troublingly over Things We Know to Be True, a poetic and deeply poignant play from Andrew Bovell, the Australian writer best known for the film Lantana, adapted from his own play Speaking in Tongues, and for co-writing Strictly Ballroom with Baz Luhrmann. In a suburb of Adelaide, working-class couple, Bob Ewan Stewart and Fran Cate Hamer , have scrimped and saved all their lives to give their four children the things that they never had.