After our excellent lunch at Lyle’s Tom and I ubered into town to the trafalgar studios to watch The Buried Child. I was particularly exited as the last thing I went to see I left at the interval and this featured the excellent Ed Harris in the role of Dodge.
This award winning play written by Sam Shepherd is set in 1970’s rural America and centres on Dodge and Hallie’s family as it makes its final descent into complete breakdown. It’s extremely dark set in the midst of an economic downturn and dealing with theme of alcoholism, mental health, murder and incest.
It’s a long play, three acts, but it is profoundly moving, not least with the state of the world as it is today, very much as it was back in 1979, recession and political unrest.
The cast are all brilliant especially so Ed Harris, and not because he’s the big name Hollywood actor. Also stand out is and making her west end debut like Harris is Charlotte Hope in the role of Shelley.
If you can get tickets, this is one that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.
Image credit Trafalgar Studios