Jermyn Street Theatre
The REACTION Season
THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD
By Boo Killebrew
“Dad. Could you start? But, you know, like it’s you, just talking?”
It’s not easy putting on a play. It’s even harder when your dad is the lead character, he’s playing himself, and even though you’re the professional playwright and he’s the emergency surgeon, he keeps trying to rewrite your script. After Hurricane Katrina swept through her home town, Boo was determined to write a play about it. But she never imagined it would be this hard…
Playful, funny, and fiercely emotional, Killebrew’s acclaimed play explores what it means to be a father – or a daughter. Directed by Stella Powell-Jones, Deputy Director of Jermyn Street Theatre.
Praise for The Play About My Dad.
A POIGNANT AND VERY PERSONAL ATTEMPT TO HEAL THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE WOUNDS OF KATRINA The Huffington Post
EXTRAORDINARILY MOVING Time Out
Boo Killebrew is a rising star of American theatre. She has received two New York Innovative Theater Awards, two Fringe Excellence Awards, and The Bette Davis Foundation Award. Her plays include Miller, Mississippi (The Leah Ryan Prize); Romance Novels for Dummies and Days Like Diamonds.
Stella Powell-Jones is Deputy Director of Jermyn Street Theatre, funded by the Carne Trust. She recently returned to London after establishing a successful career in New York, where she directed new work by writers including Bathsheba Doran, Samuel D. Hunter and Nick Jones.
Playing Boo Killebrew is Hannah Britland, who has recently appeared as Melissa Watson in ITV’s Innocent and Abigail in Lovesick (Netflix). Hannah has also appeared as appeared as Charlie in Channel 4’s Skins, in Fresh Meat (Channel 4), and Our World War(BBC). Her recent theatre credits include The War Has Not Yet Started and Crushed Shell and Mud (Southwark Playhouse), Pine (Hampstead Theatre) and Our American Cousin (Finborough Theatre).
Boo’s dad, Larry, is played by David Schaal, best known for playing Terry Cartwright in The In Betweeners and Taffy in The Office (BBC). He previously appeared at Jermyn Street Theatre in I Have Been Here Before and Missing In Action. His other theatre credits include Rabbits (Park Theatre), A Steady Rain (Arcola Theatre) and American Justice (Arts Theatre). David has had many TV and Film appearances including recently as Captain Gray in Frontier (Netflix).
The cast also includes Juliet Cowan (Sallye Killebrew), Juliet’s television credits include Cuckoo and Pram Face(BBC); Fresh Meat(Channel 4) and Misfits(E4). Ammar Duffus(Kenny Tyson) has appeared in Ann Duckand Twelfth Night(National Theatre); Holes(Nottingham Playhouse); Dophins and Sharks(Finborough Theatre) and The Woman in the Moon(Sam Wanamaker Playhouse).Nathan Welsh(Neil Plitt) has appeared in The Way of the World (Donmar Warehouse) Circa(The Vaults); Lord of the Flies(Broadway Theatre. At LAMDA Nathan was a beneficiary of The Carne Trust.
Miquel Brownplays, Essie Watson, her credits include The Amen Corner(National Theatre); Dessa Rosa(Trafalgar Studios); A Streetcar Named Desire(National Theatre Studio) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Miquel is also a chart-topping disco-soul singer.
Annabel Bates’(Rena Thomas) theatre credits include Mrs Elvsted in Ivan Van Hove’s Hedda Gabler(National Theatre UK Tour); Muswell Hill(Park Theatre and White Bear Theatre). She has also appeared in Rellikand Luther(BBC). Joel Lawes(Jay Thomas) has appeared in a workshop for Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons(Giants Theatre Company); Braveheart, Balm in Gilead, The Lady From The Seaand Spring Awakening(Drama Centre).
Michael Thomas is played by T’Jai Adu-Yeboahand Taye Junaid-Evans. T’Jai has appeared as Medea’s Son in Medea(National Theatre) and as Fletcher in The Bodyguard(Tour). Taye has appeared in The Imaginary Friend(National Theatre); Room(Theatre Royal Stratford East) and is currently training to appear as Simba in The Lion King(West End).
★★★★ The Spy in the Stalls
Hannah Britland doesn’t disappoint, she is a brilliant Boo
Pessimism and hope in equal measures
A moving account of the impact of hurricane Katrina
Charlotte Espiner’s splendidly bare bones set
Weep and laugh… well worth catching.
Boo Killebrew cleverly evokes the havoc of Hurricane Katrina
Poignantly reminds us of the hurricane’s preventable horrors
Stella Powell-Jones’s production skilfully knits together the script’s different elements and gets a series of strong performances
David Schaal captures the doctor’s past dilemma and conveys the fundemental decency of a man attending victims of the cyclone
Miquel Brown brings another level of storytelling
Moved me to tears
A Younger Theatre
Blurs the lines between truth, memories and stories… something real and raw emerges
Swinging effortlessly from laughter to heartbreak
Running time around 90 minutes, no interval.
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. Saturday matinees 3.30pm.
£30.00 – Please note that after Saturday 7 July, all performances are full price.