All My Sons UK Tour
12th February – 25th April 2015
A Talawa Theatre Company production in association with the New Wolsey Theatre
Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Michael Buffong
Tour Booking by Kayte Potter for Great Leap Forward
Reviving a classic play like Arthur Miller's All My Sons enables us to examine the cost of the American Dream, while exploring the themes and ideas which have a relevance to all our lives: guilt, betrayal, deceit and family - universal concepts which make us who we are.
Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company
1947. Joe and Kate Keller, an all-American couple, are living with the ghosts of World War II. Joe is successful, a self-made businessman, loving family man and pillar of the community. He is a partner in a machine shop building fighter plane parts. Joe and Kate’s happiness is overcast by one thing – their son is missing in action, presumed dead by all but his mother...
All My Sons is a searing investigation of honesty, guilt and the corrupting power of greed. The play was Arthur Miller’s first success, establishing him as a leading voice in theatre. This collaboration features the distinguished actors, Ray Shell and Doña Croll. Michael Buffong is Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company. His previous credits include Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, the multi award-winning A Raisin in the Sun and Private Lives.
"This brilliantly staged play gives a classic play a deserved new lease of life.."
The Stage, 18 February 2015 | Read the full review
"The performances are committed and ... heartbreaking."
What's On Stage, 18 February 2015 | Read the full review
"Talawa's electrifying revival of All My Sons ... is a masterpiece in building subtle tension. [The] explosions are perfectly pitched in Michael Buffong's beautifully observed production, building out of the everyday to provide a devastating narrative ... This is far more than a two-person show, with the entire nine-strong ensemble delivering the goods. There's particularly fine work from Leemore Marrett JR and Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Chris and Ann, the innocent victims of the family fallout ... give the piece the attention it deserves and it more than repays the effort. Talawa's production will go down on the list of classic Miller interpretations.."
The Public Reviews, 18 February 2015 | Read the full review
British Theatre Guide, February 2015
"If there's any doubt that there's plenty of black and ethnic talent to be found in the UK this production of All My Sons should go a long way to dispel it"
Gallery (Photography: Pamela Raith)
Ewen Cummins ( Jim Bayliss)
Andrea Davy (Sue Bayliss)
Ashley Gerlach (George Deever)
Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Ann Deever)
Bethan Mary James (Lydia Lubey)
Leemore Marrett Jr (Chris Keller)
Ray Shell ( Joe Keller)
Chinna Wodu (Frank Lubey)
Johanna Town – Lighting Designer
Emma Laxton – Sound Designer
Lucy Jenkins – Casting
Sooki McShane – Casting
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich: 12 - 21 February
Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge: 24 - 28 February
Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury: 3 - 7 March
Watford Palace Theatre: 10 - 14 March
Oxford Playhouse, Oxford: 17 - 21 March
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham: 24 - 28 March
Richmond Theatre, London: 31 March - 4 April
Mercury Theatre, Colchester: 14 - 18 April
Malvern Theatres (Festival Theatre), Malvern: 21 - 25 April