Frantic Assembly has come up from Down Under with a major Australian drama that it plans to tour later this year.
Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True, is an international co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia. It will receive its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith in September.
As beautifully touching as it is funny and bold, Things I Know To Be True tells the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.
Parents Bob and Fran have worked their fingers to the bone and with their four children grown and ready to fly the nest it might be time to relax and enjoy the roses. But the changing seasons bring home some shattering truths.
The drama will be co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated artistic director Scott Graham and State Theatre Company’s artistic director Geordie Brookman.
Following an Australian premiere in May 2016, Things I Know To Be True will be recreated for the UK, with a UK cast.
Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, the play is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.
Following its opening at the Lyric Hammersmith, Things I Know To Be True will embark on a UK tour.
Andrew Bovell is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, for critically acclaimed plays including When The Rain Stops Falling, Speaking In Tongues and an adaptation of Kate Grenville’s The Secret River, as well as screen work including Lantana and A Most Wanted Man.
Scott Graham said: “I am so excited about collaborating with Geordie Brookman on Andrew Bovell’s beautiful work. The prospect of what we, and this fantastic creative team can make together is absolutely thrilling.”
Geordie Brookman added: “I’m delighted to see years of conversation between Scott Graham and I come to fruition in the form of this international collaboration on a major new Australian play.
“Frantic Assembly is an incredibly exciting company, at the cutting edge of theatre making, and I’m thrilled that State Theatre Company of South Australia’s London debut will come in partnership with them on Andrew Bovell’s beautiful play.”
Andrew Bovell said: “Things I Know To Be True is about familial love, that which can hold you in the safest and strongest place possible and suffocate you at the same time.
“It is a powerful model, the nuclear family and it takes courage to reject it. The collaboration with Frantic Assembly allows this story to reach across continents to the UK and to remind each other just how similar we are.”
Casting for the UK premiere production of Things I Know To Be True will be announced later.
Things I Know To Be True runs at Lyric Hammersmith from September 10-October 1.
2016 Tour Dates
October 4–8, Oxford Playhouse October 11–22, Warwick Arts Centre November 1-5, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse (Playhouse Theatre) November 8–12, The Lowry (Quays Theatre) November 15–26, Chichester Festival Theatre (Minerva Theatre).