by Chris Dunkley
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 October 2012
"Isn't it funny? The thoughts your brain is capable of having even while you're lying there, bleeding on the carpet?..."
The World Premiere
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★★★★ Four Stars, Everything Theatre
The Soft of Her Palm is a devastating exploration of domestic violence, telling the story of Phil and Sarah’s troubled and complex relationship. It begins in the present day, moments after Sarah has crashed her car outside Phil’s house – by accident or on purpose? As we return to the past and the horrifying story unfolds, our allegiances shift as the truth is slowly revealed. Jumping from moments of sheer joy to volcanic ferocity and underscored with a vein of sharp, brutal humour, the shadow of violence creeps insidiously across the landscape of Chris Dunkley’s painfully honest new play.
About The Playwright Chris Dunkley
Playwright Chris Dunkley is currently commissioned by the Arts Council to research and write The Precariat, a new play that will premiere as part of the Finborough Theatre’s Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights in November 2012. His play Mirita premiered at the Finborough Theatre, was named Time Out Critics' Choice, and transferred Off Broadway to the Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, alongside his short play Lisa Says. Other theatre includes Almost Blue (Riverside Studios), How to Tell the Truth (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Lucy is a Minger (Spinney Hill Theatre, Northampton) and The Festival (Wimbledon Studio Theatre). Radio includes The All Colour Vegetarian Cookbook and The Architects, both for the BBC. Chris has been Writer in Residence at Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton, and Writer on Attachment at the Royal Court Theatre. He was the 2002 winner of the International Student Playscript Competition and winner of the PMA writers’ award in 2001.
About The Director Ola Ince
Director Ola Ince is a former Resident Assistant Director and Senior Reader at the Finborough Theatre where she directed Namaskar as part of 2011's Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights . Trained at Rose Bruford College with a First Class Honours BA in Theatre Directing. Previous direction includes Pets Corner (Arcola Theatre), One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (The Clare Theatre, Young Vic), Games (Pleasance Theatre), Far Away (The Studio, Rose Bruford College), The Inconvenient Store (Tooting Hub), The Frame (Unicorn Theatre), The Island (Unicorn Theatre) and Pop (Warehouse Theatre). Ola has worked as an Assistant Director for the The Young Vic, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Tristan Bates Theatre, National Theatre Studio, King's Head Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company Fringe Festival. Most recently, she was Assistant Director to Sacha Wares on Wild Swans (The Young Vic).
The Press on Playwright Chris Dunkley
"Dunkley shows the impact of the war... with effective simplicity… an 80-minute drama that offers no simple moral choices but movingly conveys the corrosiveness of conflict." The Times on Mirita
“This random mixture of absurdity and violence makes Dunkley’s play so believable…” The Guardian on How to Tell the Truth
“Fine, focused writing, which pushes the story forward with every exchange, yet never settles for anything pat. Wonderful." Time Out on Mirita
"This tremendously moving indictment of war deserves as wide an audience as possible." The Stage on Mirita
"This sharp and gripping play... the perfect antidote to the warlike bluster of politicians and the hand-wringing impotence of the rest of us. Mirita is a study of the absurd clockwork of human survival. It could hardly provide more timely theatrical therapy." WhatsOnStage on Mirita
“Chris Dunkley’s adaptation… has genuine panache.” The Guardian on Almost Blue
The Press on The Soft of Her Palm
★★★★Four Stars, Everything Theatre
“The production is simple, slick and invasive, it will unsettle you and make you think, what more do you want from a night at the theatre?.” Kieran James, The Good Review
“This disturbingly intense and thought-provoking 80 minute play.” Ian Foster, The Public Reviews
“Please don’t miss this intriguing new play” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre
“A powerful piece of drama, which resonates long after you leave the theatre... Disturbing conviction – I was genuinely shocked and jolted.” Everything Theatre
“It is confrontational, deliberately so, and it is impossible not be gripped by the drama unfolding before you. It is particularly exciting to find a script in which the female lead is not predictable. Sarah’s character is daring and provocative whilst remaining credible and believable.” Everything Theatre
“Its high quality delivery, its confrontational themes, and its unexpected twists and turns leave the audience with lots to digest. This is really worth seeing.” Everything Theatre
“Chris Dunkley has certainly captured something tangibly believable in this script that tells the tale of a couple’s fast paced and volatile relationship.” Everything Theatre
“Sean Murray is great fun as Mick.” Kieran James, The Good Review
“Sean Murray is menacingly good as Mick.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre
“Camelina Meoli practically steals the show.” Kieran James, The Good Review
“Carmelina Meoli is lovely as the playfully serious Poppy.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre
“Simon Bubb is excellent as the seemingly gentle, but troubled Phil.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre
“Simon Bubb (Phil) and Tilly Gaunt (Sarah) present their multi-faceted and complex characters with avidity and sincerity. They are really convincing, from the tone of their voices to their body language.” Everything Theatre
“Tilly Gaunt conveys the fear, insecurities and neuroses of the delicate Sarah.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre
“Tilly Gaunt is brilliant. She is adorable but poison all at the same time. Her monologue mid way through the piece is beautifully delivered and her performance captures the raging bipolar tendencies of the character superbly.” Kieran James, The Good Review
“Siubhan Harrison is charming as Phil’s loyal friend Lucy.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre
“Skilfully directed by Ola Ince and with an excellent cast, this intense play discusses the mechanics of physical as well as psychological abuse.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre
“Ola Ince directs with a punchy intensity.” Ian Foster, The Public Reviews
Trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Theatre includes The Habit of Art, War Horse and Saint Joan (National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and King John (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse), 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic New Voices), Hay Fever (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Unless (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Stealing Sweets and Punching People (Theatre 503) and The Edge of the Land (Eastern Angles). Television includes EastEnders. Radio includes The Archers, Clare in the Community, A Tale of Two Cities, My One and Only, Pilgrim, Blurred, Life and Fate, The Haunted Hotel, The Spy, Disconnected and Nightingale Wood.
Trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre includes Translations (Curve Theatre, Leicester), The Yellow Wallpaper (Royal Festival Hall), The Count of Monte Cristo (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Peter Pan, A Doll’s House and Ruby Moon (Northern Stage, Newcastle), Noises Off (National Theatre Tour and Piccadilly Theatre), Charley’s Aunt (National Tour for Bill Kenwright Ltd), Twelfth Night (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), The Memory of Water (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and Guildford), The Real Thing, Lovers and War (Strindberg Intima Theatre, Stockholm) and Silence (National Theatre Studio). Television includes several episodes of Holby City, The South Bank Show, The Bill, People Like Us and the BBC comedy Moonmonkeys. For Radio, Tilly won the Carleton Hobbs Radio Award and has performed in over one hundred radio productions.
At the Finborough Theatre, Siubhan appeared in In Quest of Conscience (2011). Trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Theatre includes Earthquakes in London (National Tour and National Theatre for Headlong), Rich Isn't Easy (Tristan Bates Theatre), Grease (Piccadilly Theatre), The Stripper (National Tour), Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Bad Girls the Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre), Carmen (New Vic and Regional Tour) Castaway Café (Edinburgh Festival), Whale Music (Medena Theatre) and a special concert version of Les Misérables performed at Windsor Castle for the Entente Cordiale. Film includes the Cannes nominated film The Man Who Met Himself, Well Prepared and Little Deaths which opened the Glasgow Fright Fest last year. Television includes Al Murray’s Happy Hour, Saturday Night Takeaway, This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and The Song of Lunch.
At the Finborough Theatre, Sean appeared in Death of Long Pig (2009). Other theatre includes The Tempest (Theatre Royal, Bath), Kes (Catherine Wheels Theatre), Romeo and Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), The English Game (Headlong), The Home Place (Comedy Theatre), Buried Child (National Theatre), Jane Eyre (Shared Experience), The Crucible (The Touring Consortium), The Terrible Voice of Satan (Royal Court Theatre), The Cherry Orchard, The Phoenician Women, The Virtuoso, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, A Woman Killed with Kindness and Amphibians (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Fairy Queen (Aix-en-Provence), Androcles and the Lion, Judy, Tartuffe, The Life of Galileo, The School for Scandal, The Rivals, The Comedy of Errors and Othello (Bristol Old Vic Theatre), For King and Country (Greenwich Theatre), The Misanthrope (Cambridge Theatre Company), Loot (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Peter Pan (Redgrave Theatre, Farnham) and Murder on the Nile (Worthing Theatre). Film includes The Truth, Finding Mallory, A Rather English Marriage and Hamlet. Television includes Robin Hood, Casualty, Judge John Deed, Dunkirk, Holby City, Serious and Organised, Silent Witness, Without Motive, Berkeley Square, Seaforth, The Bill, The March, A Wing and a Prayer, Peak Practice, Smokescreen, The Advocates, South of the Border, The Country Boy and EastEnders.
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 October 2012
Tickets and Times
Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes