Bud Take the Wheel I Feel a Song Coming On preview
Lyrical generation gap drama from tipped young writer
This article is from 2010.
Bud Take the Wheel... is the eagerly anticipated new work from Clara Brennan, whose short play Rain garnered much praise on its Fringe debut in 2008. Brennan’s new full-length piece may have a mouthful of a title but her graceful writing style promises to shine through. ‘The writing has an underlying poeticism,’ says the show’s director Hannah Price. ‘At times it feels as if the play hits notes that are a little unbearably beautiful and we have worked hard to bring both the hard-edged humour of the writing and the more lyrical sections together.’
The play is set in the green heart of the English countryside and centres on a son returning to his family home after eight years who is set on re-developing the local paper mill. ‘This is a major theme in the play: the clash between tradition and renewal,’ Price explains, referring to the struggle between rural and urban lifestyles and the jump to bridge an alienating generation gap. Meanwhile, acutely observed domesticity woven into grand-scale themes of rural entrapment and a lingering sense of musicality create an intriguing concoction that promises not to disappoint.
Underbelly, 08445 458 252, 7–29 Aug, 4.35pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 5 & 6 Aug, £6.