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River in the Sky - Hope Theatre

River in the Sky

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TURN Point Theatre is presenting River in the Sky at the Hope Theatre. Peter Taylor’s new play about grief, fertility and the power of storytelling, it runs from August 6 to August 24, 2019.

We are all just an assortment of stories. Lies and truths all muddled by our own narrative.

Young couple, Jack and Ellie were trying to have a family. Then after the sudden loss of their child, they both start to struggle coping with reality. While one hides away in a dilapidated caravan, escaping to wondrous, childish adventures through their imagination, the other tries to forget the painful event and move on with their day to day life.

Unable to heal separately, they both come together to drink Earl Grey tea, argue over biscuits and tell each other magnificent stories, as bittersweet escapism from their mourning. But as they tell these stories of battling massive, slender dark monsters with many claws, observing a beautiful winged creature with golden eyes and being tickled by fast beings that can’t be seen underwater, reality drifts further from reach…

Will they spiral further into grief or can these stories somehow bring them back?

Actor/producer Lindsey Cross says: “There’s a shroud of silence around anything concerning stillbirth or neonatal death. Society has taught us that these are not topics to be discussed openly and therefore anyone who has had to go through either of these traumatic experiences are left with feelings of isolation and shame. I think this play is very important in bringing a sensitive and tricky subject out into the open, and I believe the play displays the intricacies of grief, loneliness and human nature extremely well.”

Playwright Peter Taylor also directs a cast that includes Lindsey Cross and Howard Horner.

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions. To book, visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/thehopetheatre/river-in-the-sky/.

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm.