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In Doggerland by Tom Morton-Smith

Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 7:50pm
 
Box of Tricks presents the première of 
 
IN DOGGERLAND
 
A new play by Tom Morton-Smith
 
"You know when a song gets stuck in your head? Round and round … over and over. I’ve got that now … only it’s not a piece of music … it’s not a tune … it’s a phrase: home is where the heart is … home is where the heart is."
 
A coastline erodes, a house falls into the sea. A mysterious brother and sister arrive looking for answers. Marnie clings to her camera, taking photographs of strangers and places. She has come to say goodbye to a life she never knew whilst her brother Linus is keen to make a fresh start. But when they find Simon and daughter Kelly, reeling in the wake of tragedy, all four lives are to become inextricably linked under the weight of the past.
 
A funny and heartfelt story about lives lived on shifting sands, In Doggerland is a searching examination of love, family and identity. 
 
Tom Morton-Smith is an award-winning playwright and former writer-in-residence at acclaimed new writing company, Paines Plough. He is currently under commission with the Royal Shakespeare Company. 
 
Watch the trailer for In Doggerland: 
 

 
The reviews are pouring in from the tour so far!
 
"Manchester-based company Box of Tricks know how to pick their writers; Tom Morton-Smith’s script is both poetic and philosophical, a thoughtful meditation on the impact of loss… There are some really heart-wrenching moments… In Doggerland is a touching and funny play that explores the lives of four people bought together by tragedy and hope.”
What’s On Stage ★★★★
 
"A lyrical study of loss… Such emotive subject matter could easily feel sensational or prurient, but Morton-Smith’s careful handling gives rise to a lyrical character study of ordinary people burdened by exceptional circumstances. Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder’s impressively spare production for Box of Tricks contains some affecting performances… The heart may be only a pump, but Morton-Smith’s play suggests that the most skilful surgeon on Earth will never be able to replace a soul."
The Guardian ★★★
 
"Morton-Smith displays admirable restraint as he charts the choppy waters of love, loss and guilt without resorting to histrionics… Morton-Smith ignores the more obvious narrative paths to focus instead on a subtler and more emotionally resonant tale highlighting how people connect with and impact on each other… Morton-Smith’s uncanny ear for dialogue, perfectly capturing the randomness of everyday speech as well as the way people reveal information about themselves, and a touching, unshowy denouement, demonstrate that this is a theatre company to watch and a writer in ascendance."
The Stage
 
“In Doggerland is a mature, thoughtful drama about loss, responsibility and relationships, sensitively directed by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder. Its central themes could have been treated sensationally, but here are handled with intelligence and genuine emotional resonance. A fine play, see it if you can.”
Remote Goat ★★★★★
 
“A smart and engaging new play… An intricate and intriguing story is peeled away with extreme delicacy. Morton-Smith and director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder create four concise and credible characters”
Manchester Theatre Awards
 
“Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder directs with an impressive sense of pace, allowing the scenes to unfold naturally without fear of silences… It’s an intriguing piece with some clever ideas, likeable characters and even some nice flashes of humour and certainly worth a look.” 
British Theatre Guide
 
Praise for Tom Morton-Smith and Box of Tricks:
 
"The writing has energy and breadth, and Morton-Smith juggles ideas and emotions" 
Lyn Gardner, Guardian
 
"Morton-Smith is obviously a highly-skilled and promising writer"
The Stage
 
“The city’s innovative Box of Tricks… First class theatre”
British Theatre Guide
 
www.boxoftrickstheatre.co.uk 
 
 
Tickets are £7 / £5 concessions and are available online now from WeGotTickets, Skiddle and Seetickets
 
In person from
 
The Continental's bar (01772 499 425)
 
Preston Visitor Information (01772 253 731) 
 
 
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