YOU

A monumental play about adoption.

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.


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1hr 00m
The Vaults
14 — 18 Feb 19:45
£14.50
12+
19:45
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About the company

Mark Wilson & Longsight Theatre

Longsight Theatre makes award-winning, brave, intimate theatre with a focus on new writing.

The company is led by Co-Artistic Directors Sarah Meadows, Rosalyn Newbery and Stephen Myott-Meadows, in collaboration with a team of top creative Associates.

Our most recent productions include WHERE DO LITTLE BIRDS GO? (multi-starred and winner of VAULT Festival 2015 ‘People’s Choice Award’), MR INCREDIBLE (critically acclaimed and winner of VAULT Festival ‘Origins Award for Outstanding New Work 2016’) and ON THE CREST OF A WAVE (born at VAULT) by Camilla Whitehill, all of which have received widespread acclaim from industry, press and audiences alike.

“Longsight Theatre nips at the heels of Cameron and Lloyd-Webber” ★★★★★ THEATRE REVIEWS

Artistic Team
Written by
Mark Wilson
Directed by
Sarah Meadows
Original Composition by
Benedict Taylor
Design by
Catherine Morgan
Lighting Design by
Jamie Platt
Produced by
Rosalyn Newbery
Cast
Performed by
Kathryn O’Reilly & Stephen Myott-Meadows

Press & Reviews

Selected Praise

★★★★ 'WARM, EVOCATIVE AND INTELLIGENT', The Stage

★★★★ 'A TRIUMPH', The Times

★★★★ 'HEARTBREAKING', Daily Mail

★★★★★ 'NARRATIVE THEATRE AT ITS BEST', The Argus

★★★★★ 'OUTSTANDING', Fringe Review

★★★★★ 'A MONUMENTAL PLAY', Fringe Guru

'EXPECT FIERCENESS AND BRILLIANCE BURNING MAGNESIUM-BRIGHT' - The Stage, Critics Edinburgh Picks 2016