DIRECTED BY STELLA POWELL-JONES.
27 October 2018
“Would you please remember that it’s not us they’re assessing.”
She's been disruptive in class. She's rude to the teachers. And now she wants to learn the trumpet. But whose performance is really being judged? A mother and father prepare to discuss their daughter's progress at the local primary school, but their rare opportunity for some quality time together begins to test the bonds of love, work and family.
Charged, passionate and surprising, Parents' Evening is a fierce and funny play about modern marriage and parenthood. This European premiere marks the homecoming of a major British talent already acclaimed in America.
London-bred Bathsheba Doran has established a reputation in New York as one of the best playwrights of her generation. Winner of the Berwin Lee Award, and a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Writers Guild Award nominee, her plays have appeared at Lincoln Center Theater, and her extensive screenwriting includes Boardwalk Empire and Masters of Sex.
Stella Powell-Jones is Deputy Director of Jermyn Street Theatre.
Set and costume design
“The twosome become elastic bands in Powell-Jones' staging, they get closer only to snap at each other a moment later.”
“An intriguing two-hander exploring the conflicts that arise in a relationship where priorities are often changing.”
“Amy Marston's eyes convey devastation, sympathy, love, sadness and affection simultaneously, which is simply exquisite.”
“Stella Powell-Jones's direction keeps the ball bouncing between the two of them, keeping the play continually engaging.”
“An insightful examination of modern marriage and its many challenges.”
“The play cleverly plugs into the creeping insecurity all parents feel... and draws charming performances from Amy Marston and Peter Hamilton Dyer.”