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Things I Know To Be True

“People aren’t perfect. Even the people you love."

Dates

Wednesday 14 February - Saturday 17 February 2024

Venue

Bedlam Theatre

Price

£6/7/9 + £1 booking fee on the door

Author

Andrew Bovell

Description

Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know to Be True is at its heart a show about the duality of love, at the same time destructive and beautiful. The play follows the Price family over a year of change; after Rosie returns from a year abroad she is eager to return to her memory of a perfect home. She aches for the sense of familiarity and security they bring, however upon returning it becomes obvious that something is off. As a series of secrets are revealed and Rosie is forced to confront her immaturity and need to grow up, despite her desire not to. At times heart-warming and at times devastating; Things I Know to Be True explores every aspect of love and the grief that must come with it.

Cast and Crew

Team

Actor (Ben) Ben Pearson

Actor (Bob) Angus Morrison

Actor (Fran) Izzy Pleasance

Actor (Mia) Rose Sarafilovic

Actor (Pip) Isabella Caron

Actor (Rosie) Eve Nugent

Co-Director Eve Hartley

Co-Director Jack Greengross

Co-Stage Manager Meri Suonenlahti

Co-Stage Manager Serag Elsadani

Costume Manager Chloe Lannert

Lighting Assistant Kiran Mukherjee

Lighting Designer Freya White

Producer Miki Ivan

Producer Erin Davey

Set Manager Karolina Pavlikova

Sound Assistant Luke Hardwick

Tech Manager Leon Lee

Things I Know To Be True - Captivating -

Friday 16 February - By Allan Wilson for All Edinburgh Theatre

Things I Know to be True by the Australian writer, Andrew Bovell, staged by Edinburgh University Theatre Company at the Bedlam to Saturday, is a less well-known piece, although Higher Drama students may know it intimately.

This captivating tale of the Price family in Australia, involving four adult siblings and their changing relationships with each other and their parents, provides six strong roles for the actors to demonstrate their talents, with humour, pathos, anger, gender identity and ultimately shared grief.

The play opens to Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat (a recurring theme) with four characters standing in formation on stage, describing the themes behind the play, sometimes in unison, sometimes cutting across each other.

Rosie, played by Eve Nugent, steps forward to describe her loss of innocence during a gap year trip to Europe, when she is seduced and robbed in Berlin. She decides to return to the familiarity and security of the family home in Australia. Nugent skilfully portrays Rosie as a sensible, though slightly naïve young woman, still trying to find her way in life.

When Rosie turns up unexpectedly, her mother, Fran (Izzy Pleasance), immediately assumes that something bad has happened, despite Rosie’s assurances, and calls the rest of the family to welcome Rosie home.

Pleasance plays nurse Fran as a loving matriarch, who wears her heart on her sleeve and always does whatever she can to protect the family. Her husband, Bob, is played by Angus Morrison as a family man in his early 60s, who, after being made redundant now seems content to potter round the garden. He adopts a passive role for much of the play but can be roused to anger when something doesn’t seem right.

Eldest daughter Pip, portrayed by Isabella Caron, is married with children and has recently been promoted at work, to become a government advisor in curriculum development. She has a lovely scene in the garden, initially alone, then with her mother, where she reflects on her childhood, then admits that she is no longer happy with her husband.

The older son, Ben, is played by Ben Pearson as a confident, ambitious young man, working in finance, though things fall apart for him in the second act, giving Pearson opportunities to show his skills.

Rose Sarafilovic uses great voice and movement skills playing younger son Mark, who has left his girlfriend, without explanation, only for all to be revealed as the drama intensifies.

Co-Directors Eve Hartley and Jack Greengross handle the transitions between calm scenes where the focus is on dialogue and the more intense, physical scenes very well. There are some slightly odd scenes where the actors adopt unexpected poses. These may be relics from the original Australian production for which Bovell and original Director, Geordie Brookman, went into the rehearsal room with nothing but a book of Gregory Crewdson photos for inspiration.

Karolina Pavlikova’s simple set with the end wall of a house, a white, picket fence, a tree and a row of planters with red roses gives the actors space to perform, and has an interesting twist, with window panels on the wall being removed as characters move away.

Chloe Lannert’s costume design helps identify the various characters, with the nurse’s uniform worn by Fran, Ben’s dark suit, Bob’s white shirt and slacks. Lighting and sound are competently handled by Lighting Designer, Freya White, Lighting Assistant, Kiran Mukherjee and Sound Assistant, Luke Hardwick.

There are occasional elements of soap opera, with more drama than you might see in a year of episodes of Neighbours and Home & Away, in the lead up to its tragic ending.

But on the whole, this is a captivating production of an absorbing play, with its moments of high drama, humour, anger and grief, brought together by an accomplished group of performers.

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