Bud Take The Wheel I Feel A Song Coming On (4 stars)

Resonant family drama in the heart of the English countryside


This article is from 2010.

Bud Take The Wheel I Feel A Song Coming On

A son returns home to the country after an absence of eight years with the intention of developing the local mill to create new housing in the area. Facing up to an abusive father stuck in a dying trade, a sister boiling with teenage rage and a mother trying to keep a lid on her frustration, this piercingly observed drama tackles the gap between urban and rural, as well as the rift between generations.

Clara Brennan’s writing is powerful, with touches of dark humour and affecting compassion rippling through the dialogue. While a touch slow at the start, the domesticity of family life is captured beautifully and the narrative soon builds into an involving production that pulls you straight into the vivid world Brennan creates. Intimate, startling performances pack raw emotion into the hard-hitting themes of domestic violence and rural entrapment and explore how an increase in opportunities and means of escape for the younger generation can become both a cause for resentment as well as hope. Urgent and affecting theatre, its echoes will linger with you like a tune stuck in your head.

Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, 7–29 Aug, 4.35pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

This article is from 2010.

Bud Take the Wheel I Feel a Song Coming On

  • 4 stars

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