A small boy is driving his mother to distraction – waking at night, hearing phantom noises and fixating on his absent father. When he glimpses a figure prowling the house at night, a shadow is cast which gradually strips away his childhood certainties.
This chilling and unsettling play asks demanding questions about the things we believe and their consequences.
Joe Penhall’s last play at the Royal Court was Dumb Show in 2004. His debut play, Some Voices opened at the Royal Court in 1994 winning him the John Whiting Award. He later adapted it for film, premiering at Cannes in 2000. His other credits include Blue/Orange at the National Theatre, which transferred to the West End and for which he received Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards and Landscape with Weapons at the National Theatre. For film, he most recently adapted The Road by Cormac McCarthy. He also wrote the screenplay for Enduring Love and wrote the BBC2 detective series Moses Jones.
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