Kathleen sits anxiously waiting for the arrival of a man whom she had given up for adoption thirty years before and who has now traced her. Years spent insulating herself from the pain of separation and loss fall away as she begins to recall the events, the relationships and conversations – both imagined and real – with a clarity that brings each of her story’s characters to life.
A stark exploration of the hopeless exhausting rage of rejection, self-acceptance, love and forgiveness, YOU encapsulates all the raw and complex emotions of the players in an adoption narrative, giving a powerful insight into how complicated and painful it can be for all involved.
YOU is an award-winning play written by BBC Radio 4 writer Mark Wilson, starring Kathryn O’Reilly (Our Country’s Good for Out of Joint, ITV’s Lewis, BBC One’s Call The Midwife) and Stephen Myott-Meadows (Hoax: My Lonely Heart for the Manchester Royal Exchange, Channel 4’s Hollyoaks), and directed by Sarah Meadows (Where Do Little Birds Go?, Mr Incredible, On The Crest of A Wave).
This ‘monumental play’ (Fringe Guru ★★★★★) was first performed by Longsight Theatre at the Brighton Fringe Festival in May 2015, where it won the Brighton Festival Award for Theatre, the Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence and Fringe Review Outstanding Theatre Award.
YOU by Mark Wilson has recently been published by Samuel French.