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One family’s reconciliation after loss and the rediscovery of love.

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Critic Reviews (7)

Time Out London
February 16th, 2022

This is quite a debut from playwright Sian Carter, a beautifully observed drama about a British-Jamaican family struggling to face up to tragedy, that effortlessly fills the Lyric Hammersmith’s venerable stage.
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The London Evening Standard
February 16th, 2022

It’s not perfect: the plotting is schematic at the beginning and end, and in the flagged-up crisis that ends the first half. Some of the dialogue lacks finesse. But no wonder Talawa Theatre’s Michael Buffong chose to nurture and direct it, or that Lyric boss Rachel O’Riordan put it on her theatre’s main stage. Structural flaws aside, this is an extraordinarily assured debut.
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The Guardian (UK)
February 16th, 2022

Directed by Michael Buffong, its pace is initially slow but it finds its feet in the second half and there are some incredibly poignant scenes...this is a potent piece of theatre which, curiously, also has the episodic pace and rhythm of a TV drama.
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The Times (UK)
February 16th, 2022

This hugely promising debut play by Sian Carter depicts three generations of a Jamaican-British family finding their way through grief, guilt and mental health problems.
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The Stage (UK)
February 16th, 2022

Michael Buffong’s production is solid rather than showy, but it hits all the emotional beats of the play and draws out its warmth...This is really a promising debut, a compassionate play about a family coming to terms with its past – and its future.
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The Telegraph (UK)
February 16th, 2022

Like its characters, this is a flawed and messy play, yet in its compassionate exploration of a family learning to see itself clearly finds the sweet spot between despair and hope.
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London Theatre
February 16th, 2022

Oddly enough, the classic family drama has become increasingly hard to come by in post-pandemic London theatre. Sian Carter’s debut play, developed and co-produced by Talawa Theatre, steps into that gap in the market with relish.
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