The Finborough Theatre will be presenting the world premiere of Daniel Foxsmith’s play Weald, from the 2nd to the 27th February 2016 it has been announced.
The play is a terse and delicate dissection of of male emotions from a rural perspective. Following eight years of being away, Jim arrives ‘home’ to a remote livery yard and in need of work. It didn’t end well the last time, but he is convinced that it will be different this time…
Sam (who is as old as the fixtures themselves) agrees reluctantly to help as there is work to be done after all. But as they attempt to pick up from where they left off – new cracks appear the old wounds and it isn’t long before the two men will have to answer for their actions.
The play will star Dan Parr, who has just completed a run in Hamlet at the Barbican as well as David Crellin who is best known for his role BBC 2’s The Cops as well as Waterloo Road.
Writer Daniel Foxsmith commented: “I’m interested in men’s identity in a modern world, one that is slowly leaving traditional gender roles behind. What does it mean to ‘be a man’ these days? Does it even matter anymore? With Weald, I’m asking why men (including myself) struggle to be emotionally transparent, especially with each other.”
In 2014, there were approximately 4,623 male suicides in the UK (figures collected by the Campaign Against Living Miserably), the second highest number in 15 years – and the equivalent to 12 deaths per day.
Foxsmith’s play looks at the importance of a support network for the vulnerable and the need for men to articulate their emotions and redefine gender roles.
The production will be directed by Bryony Shanahan and designed by Christopher Hone.
Weald is on at the Finborough Theatre from the 2nd to the 27th February 2016. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2015/weald.php