by Carol Vine (2011)
Directed by Kate Budgen. Designed by Victoria Smart. Lighting by Rob Casey. Sound by Edward Lewis.
Cast: Janet Amsden. Max Gold. Rupert Simonian. David Whitworth. Eleanor Wyld.
“And each nail driving me closer to the end. And my heart breaking. And I don’t tell her that either.”
After years of absence, Martin returns, a middle-aged, quietly broken man, to visit his parents in the house he grew up in. The fraught relations between Martin and Layla, the daughter he abandoned many years before, echo Martin’s conflicted history with his own past, which he must now confront – along with the childhood event that shaped the course of his life. In this ugly coastal town, through a bitterly cold spring, extraordinary things happen to normal people as they struggle to find meaning and redemption in their lives.
Playwright Carol Vine originally trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College, before deciding to devote herself fully to writing. She later gained an MA in Screenwriting at the University of the Arts, London. She has been short-listed and long-listed for various awards in the past, including the Kings Cross New Playwriting Award, BBC Talent, Channel 4’s Coming Up and the Red Planet Prize. She has also had two short films made, Rise and Irreparable – showcased in the West End and at Clapham Picture House. Carol has written treatments for the musicals Zorro and Always Summer for Adam Kenwright Associates and International Theatre and Music. Her other plays include a one-woman show, Whore, which was commissioned for the Tabard Theatre, a musical The Trash Christ performed at the Soho Theatre, and an excerpt from her adaptation of Pegwell Bay performed at the Jermyn Street Theatre and the Rocliffe Forum. Carol recently completed a new play, Borderland, and a sitcom pilot.