"The Long Road" by Shelagh Stephenson (14-15 Aug, 19-24 Aug 2019)
Two preview shows in London and then on to the Edinburgh Fringe for our first visit.
“After the incredible response to our award-winning production of this powerful play, we are reprising it for two performances only, prior to taking it to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play’s forceful and empathetic look at a family in crisis after a knife-crime death also looks at the redemptive possibilities of restorative justice — whether victims and even perpetrators of crime can somehow benefit from meeting each other, and their journeys down the long road towards peace.
For these two shows, we’ll be inviting special guests to discuss the issues after each performance.”
Director – Paul Smith
19-24 August, The Space@Surgeon's Hall, Edinburgh
What They Said
Dan, a teenage boy, goes out in the evening with his older brother Joe. There is a small altercation with a young woman outside a shop, she stabs Dan and he dies quickly on the pavement, his brother Joe leaning over him.”The Long Road” opens with Joe’s dazed but graphic description of those events and calls the audience to attention with a ferocity that continues throughout Shelagh Stephenson’s sharply written play.
The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson is all about forgiveness – how you deal with the unimaginable, how you start along the 'long road' to reconciliation, whether that is reconciling with your family, a victim, a perpetrator or simply yourself. Imagine an ordinary family of four, a mother, father and two brothers and then someone murders the youngest son, 18-year-old Danny.
Chiswick’s long-standing amateur drama group performed one of their two Edinburgh Preview shows at the St Michael’s Centre on Elmwood Road on Wednesday, 14 July.
The Long Road tells the story of a family torn apart by their son/brother stabbed to death outside a shop. In order to get closure and answers meeting his killer appears to be the only way forward! But at what emotional cost can the family agree on this!
"Searingly powerful, thought-provoking production that explores the complexities of restorative justice in the aftermath of a violent crime. A tight, spartan production, the acting was intense and brilliant: you absolutely felt what it would be like to be in that situation. Must see!"
Danny (Alex Dewar)
Joe (Louis Bricusse)
Mary (Elizabeth Ollier)
John (Alastair Dewar)
Emma (Fleur de Henrie Pearce)
Elizabeth (Leonia Chesterfield)
Director (Paul Smith)
Assistant Director (Bryony Wilman)
Producer (Fleur de Henrie Pearce)
Lighting Design (James Holmes-Siedle)
Sound Designer (Harry Doyle)
Lighting & Sound Operator (Paul Smith)
Set Design (James Holmes-Siedle)
Publicity and Social Media (Fleur de Henrie Pearce)
Stage Management (Bryony Wilman)
Backstage Assistance (TBC with Bryony)
Front of House and Bar (Members & Friends of St Michael’s Players)