This spring, with impeccable timing, London’s Jermyn Street Theatre gets to The Heart Of Things with a politically-inspired drama by Giles Cole.
As election fever builds and the political parties are once again at each other’s throats, The Heart of Things, directed by Knight Mantell, will run at theatre from March 10 to April 4.
Over a weekend in May 2010, in the aftermath of the last general election, the political parties are wrangling over who will form the coalition government.
Meanwhile, in a village near the Norfolk coast, a disillusioned English teacher and part-time election volunteer comes home for a rare visit and tries to put his life in order.
However, the politics of family life can be every bit as vindictive and unpredictable as the Whitehall variety, and alliances can be made or broken without warning.
In the course of one weekend, Peter, the English teacher, comes to a shattering realisation about himself, his relationships and his career.
The Heart of Things explores the themes of family, ambition, love and loyalty. And birthdays.
It examines the conundrum that exists in sexual identity and the ‘minor disturbances’ that have far-reaching effects in people’s private lives.
Giles Cole’s other recent stage plays include The Weatherman (a winner of the Pint Size Plays competition 2014), The Romance of The Century and Frail Blood.
A former actor, Giles has also worked in the BBC TV Script Unit, and has served on the script panel for the Croydon Warehouse Theatre, where his first stage play, Old Schoolboys, was seen. He has also written seven plays for BBC Radio 4.