Chalk Roots Theatre’s haunting production, The Pelican returns after its initial staging in February at the Young Actors’ Theatre, Islington. James Crouch and Shaun Chambers join the cast, taking on the roles of the Son and Son-in-law for this revamped and re-staged version.
A recently-widowed mother seeks solace in her son-in-law, who eagerly anticipates his inheritance. Her two children, unsettled, question the house that left them cold and hungry. Their father speaks more from beyond the grave than he ever did alive, and the house, steeped in memories, begins to fall apart.
August Strindberg’s 1907 classic is a surgical, merciless study of human nature and family relationships. Newly relevant in light of our recent lockdown, it examines the way we form, maintain and destroy our relationships with those closest to us – and the secrets we keep from them.
The Pelican is directed by Saulius Kovalskas and the cast comprises Jessica Kinsey, Laura Pujos, James Crouch and Shaun Chambers.
The Pelican runs from the 16th-18th November at the Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham.