Following a hugely successful 2016 Australian and UK tour, Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s critically acclaimed Things I Know To Be True returns to delight audiences in the UK from 27 September 2017. Andrew Bovell’s new play will tour to Oxford Playhouse, The Lowry in Salford, Leicester Curve, Mercury Theatre in Colchester, York Theatre Royal, Chester Storyhouse, Southampton’s Nuffield, Poole Lighthouse and London’s Lyric Hammersmith.
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.
Andrew Bovell said: “The only reason to write a play is for it to reach an audience and for it to mean something to them when it does. I’m thrilled that UK audiences will have another chance to see this wonderful production.”
Scott Graham (Artistic Director, Frantic Assembly) said: “I am immensely proud of this collaboration. It melted hearts on its first Australian and UK tours and I am looking forward to new audiences engaging with this beautiful play.”
Geordie Brookman (Artistic Director, State Theatre Company) said: “We are tremendously proud of the way this gem of an Australian play has connected with U.K. audiences and feel blessed that, alongside our friends at Frantic Assembly, we can take the production to an even wider audience.”
Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, and co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated Artistic Director Scott Graham and State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.
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.
Casting for Things I Know To Be True will be announced in due course.
27 – 30 September
11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW
01865 305 305
3 – 7 October
The Lowry (Quays Theatre)
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
0843 208 6000
10 – 14 October
60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB
0116 242 3595
17 – 21 October
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Colchester CO1 1PT
31 October – 4 November
York Theatre Royal
St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD
7 – 11 November
Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR
14 – 18 November
University Rd, Southampton SO17 1TR
023 8067 1771
21 – 25 November
The Lighthouse, Poole
21 Kingland Rd, Poole BH15 1UG
11 January – 3 February
Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL
020 8741 6850
Running time approx 2 hours, including an interval
Contains strong language
Suitable for ages 14+