STEVIE: IN BASILDON

David Eldridge’s latest offering at the Royal Court offers an insight into a working class family torn with feuds and riffs that date back many a moon brought together by the imminent death of brother/uncle Len. With a strong British cast this ensemble piece was set in the round and explored beautifully the tensions and relationships that occur between families, neighbours and partners. From the daughter who’s trying to loose her working class roots, to the best friend who’s strong morals and working class pride provide a boiling pot for drama.
With some razor sharp dry lines, and genuine tender moments the play twists through the highs and lows of a family in mourning with issues yet to unearth, itching to burst forth.

As the play roles on, the thoughts and demons that have bubbled under come to the fore under the strain of death, with an outburst at the generous neighbour, outbursts of love that have been trapped deep within souls for years and the two children of the families trying their best to pull everyone together and to put their differences aside for the sake of family and the deceased.

David Eldridge again proves with this taught, dry sharp script that he is one of the best wrting talents England has to offer. I look forward to his next piece, and the tast makers at Royal Court again prove to have exceptional taste.

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