Tim Crouch directs his new play Beginners, a work that inspires us to examine our relationship to growing up, living and grieving in this exquisite and joyful portrait of being a child in a complicated world.
Three families trapped in a waterlogged holiday cottage in Cornwall over summer. The children are bored. The adults are down the pub. It’s like this every year.
Seen through the lens of a family holiday, Beginners is a dazzlingly original work, where childhood and adulthood collide in a funny and vivid exploration of the redemptive power of art in the face of loss.
With his trademark flair for artful invention, Crouch illuminates the human experience in a theatrically ambitious and extraordinary story. At once comic and touching, this is a play powered by imagination, reality and realism. It reminds us that the children we once were stay with us wherever we go.
Tim Crouch is an award-winning writer, director and performer. His previous work at the Unicorn includes the acclaimed Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore, Adler and Gibb and his much admired one-man show I, Malvolio. Other work includes The Complete Deaths and An Oak Tree.
The full cast includes Pandora Colin (Lucy), Rob Das (Bart), Jacqui Dubois (Joy), Neil D’Souza (Nigel) and Amalia Vitale (Sandy). There are also 8 children (2 teams of 4 on rota) cast in the show. They are Atinuke Akinrinade, Ethan Dattani, Nekisha Eric, Rowan Davies-Moore, Archie MacGregor, Ella Scott, Emilija Trajkovic, and Milan Verma.
Beginners is at The Unicorn Theatre 20th March – 15th April 2018.