Would You Like a Cup of Tea?

  • List.co.uk
  • 14 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

The set and costumes initially made me think this was a children’s show but the narrative content quickly persuaded me otherwise.

A father, mother, daughter and aunt are all held together in the grip of a dark secret. This family’s story is communicated very effectively through dance and the actors’ expressions and sparse dialogue. There is a lot of movement throughout, some live music and a large amount of good-natured interaction with the audience.

As you’d expect, tea-making and drinking feature prominently throughout. However, the basic tenet that a cup of tea will fix any problem clearly and poignantly doesn’t hold good for this family, no matter how much they desperately try to make it so.

This is a highly original and very effective theatre work and I’ll never make a cup of tea again without remembering how these characters made theirs. (Alistair Rutherford)

Augustine’s, until 28 Aug (not 14, 21), 2.45pm

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