The Soft of Her Palm

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

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 October 2012

Tickets and Times

Monday 7:30pm
Tuesday 2:00pm
Sunday 7:30pm

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes