Winter 2013-14 | December 2013 - February 2014


by Matthew Edison

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 February 2014

The European Premiere and the UK debut of playwright Matthew Edison

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Extra Monday matinee at 2pm - 17 February 2014

“After all, my little one, our life is this moment. This one. Gone. In a heartbeat.”

A Finborough Theatre commission, and another in its series premiering the work of Canada's most acclaimed playwrights, the UK debut of Canadian playwright Matthew Edison.

As their marriage reaches its lowest ebb, in the midst of an old argument, Cara's husband is killed in a car accident. The Reverend Mortimer Wright is sleepless and alone in his hospital room, trying to reconcile his relationship with God with his fear of death. Leo is camped out in his office, cigar in hand, bitterly musing on the state of the world from his corporate vantage point. In the night sky above, a helicopter carries the organ that will connect them all.

Part mystery, part examination of the human soul, The Domino Heart is the haunting story of three strangers linked by one heart. A powerful exploration of the questions we ask ourselves when faced with our own mortality, and the choices we make which determine who we are.


Playwright Matthew Edison is an actor and writer living in Toronto. Born in 1975, he trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City, and is a great-great-great-grand-nephew of inventor Thomas Edison. The Domino Heart was his debut play and premiered at Toronto's acclaimed Tarragon Theatre, presented by Tarragon Theatre and Jack in the Black Theatre Company. It was nominated for Toronto's most prestigious theatre award – the Dora Mavor Moore Award – for Best New Play. Other writing includes winning Ottawa's National Art Centre's Young Playwrights Award, and the screen adaptation for CBC Television’s Othello. As an actor, he has starred in stage productions across North America including most of Canada's leading theatres including Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre, National Arts Centre and the Shaw Festival, while his extensive film and TV credits include Anne of Green Gables, The Murdoch Mysteries, Harriet the Spy 2 for Disney and Flash of Genius for Universal Pictures. As a director, Matthew received two Dora nominations for Best Director and Most Outstanding Production for The Qualities of Zero in at Tarragon Theatre Extra Space.


Director Jane Jeffery is Co-Artistic Director of First Sight. Directing includes Fourteen Candles (Soho Theatre), The Lighthouse (Kings Head Theatre), Crosswords (Theatre503), Two Noble Kinsman, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Henry V and Taming of the Shrew (Sam Wanamaker Festival at Shakespeare's Globe). Acting includes A Voyage Round My Father (Donmar Warehouse and Wyndham's Theatre), Steve And Then It Ended (Theatre503), and film and television including Top Boy, Law and Order UK, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Casualty, Holby City, I, Anna and Popcorn. She is a regular guest director at drama schools including the Arts Educational Schools and ALRA.


Rob Cavazos

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include A Letter To England and A Long and Happy Life as part of Vibrant 2013 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights.
Trained at East 15.
Theatre includes Moll Flanders, Fuente Ovejuna (Southwark Playhouse), Holly and Ivan's Christmas Adventure (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Skyscraper (Public Theater, New York City), Ayer, Blondie (Latitude Festival), Bash: Latterday Plays (BikeShed Theatre, Exeter), Herman Kline's Midlife Crisis (Coming Up Festival), Killing Alan (Underbelly Edinburgh), The 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic New Voices), Peer Gynt (Pleasance London) and Get Away (Old Red Lion THeatre).
Film includes Rush, Andante Ma Non-Troppo and El Beso.
Television includes Doctor Who and Munich: Mossad's Revenge.

Amanda Hale

Trained at RADA.
Theatre includes The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida Theatre), The City, Wastwater (Royal Court Theatre), Electra, King Lear, After Dido (The Young Vic), Our Class (National Theatre), Pornography (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), The Glass Menagerie (Apollo Theatre) for which she was nominated for two Evening Standard Awards - Outstanding Newcomer and Best Actress, Crooked, 66 Books (Bush Theatre) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford Playhouse)
Film includes The Invisible Woman, The Look of Love, Bright Star and Richard Is My Boyfriend.
Television includes Dates, The White Queen, Being Human, Ripper Street, Rev, The Crimson Petal and The White, Any Human Heart, Spooks, Murderland and Persuasion.

Lawrence Werber

Theatre includes The Heart of Robin Hood (Royal Shakespeare Company), Countrymania, The Ends of the Earth, Broken Glass, The Prince of Homburg (National Theatre), The Miser (The Young Vic), The Grapes of Wrath (Birmingham Rep), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (St Leonard's, Shoreditch),  Pariah (Southwark Playhouse), The Merchant of Venice (Phoenix Theatre), Punishment Without Revenge (National Tour), The Tempest (National Tour), The Flight into Egypt (Hampstead Theatre), The 5 O'Clock Club, Encounter (Theatre503) and Double Negative (Ovalhouse).
Film includes Simon Magus, The Merchant of Venice and The Father Has Chosen.
Television includes House of Cards, Fist of Fun, Secret Weapon, The Bill and Knightmare.



The Finborough Theatre is committed to presenting the work of Canadian playwrights in the UK, and has been responsible for the UK debuts of some of Canada's most acclaimed dramatists. Plays by Canadian playwrights presented at the Finborough Theatre in recent years include the UK premieres of Grace by Michael Lewis MacLennan (1999), Clever As Paint by Kim Morrissey (1999), Inexpressible Island by David Young, which was subsequently seen in the West End under the title Antarctica (1999), Wolfboy by Brad Fraser (1999), Possible Worlds by John Mighton (2001), The Monument by Colleen Wagner (2003), Zadie’s Shoes by Adam Pettle (2003), Eyes Catch Fire by Jason Hall (2004), Full Frontal Diva by Donn Short (2004), Patience by Jason Sherman in his UK debut (2005), Trying by Joanna McClelland Glass (2009), Facts by Arthur Milner (2013), two plays by Michael Healey including his UK debut – Generous (2009 and 2010) and the London premiere of The Drawer Boy (2012), three plays by Daniel MacIvor – House (2005), See Bob Run (2007) and His Greatness (2012), and six plays by former Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre, Colleen Murphy, including the Colleen Murphy season in 2011 featuring the European premieres of The December Man/L’homme de Décembre and Beating Heart Cadaver and the world premiere of The Goodnight Bird; staged readings of The Piper (part of Vibrant 2011 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights ) and Pig Girl (part of Vibrant 2012 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights); and the European premiere of Armstrong's War (2013).


“Jane Jeffery’s direction is joyful, the piece brims with playfulness making the sad notes even more effective.” ★★★★ The Public Reviews

“Jane Jeffery’s direction allows for stillness and makes room for instinctive chemistry” ★★★★ One Stop Arts

“Jane Jeffery astutely weaves in poignant moments alongside the comedy” There Ought to be Clowns


★★★★ Everything Theatre

OFFWESTEND AWARD NOMINATION – Best Female Performance Amanda Hale

“This play sees the Finborough continue their excellent record in showcasing exciting new Canadian drama – last year’s Armstrong’s War was an absolute highlight of the year for me." Ian Foster, There Ought to be Clowns

"Between The Domino Heart and Carthage, the Finborough are really setting the pace for some excellent theatre all round in 2014 – theatres in the fringe and West End alike should take note.” Ian Foster, There Ought to be Clowns

“A sincere, sensitive piece of work.” William Drew, The Arts Desk

“Intelligent and absorbing. The Domino Heart introduces us to a playwright with considerable promise.” Stephen Bates, The Public Reviews

“The Domino Heart plays to its strengths – beautiful writing and compelling performances. Go see it.” Everything Theatre

“Simply staged in an intimate setting, the production is blessed with three impeccable performances.” Stephen Bates, The Public Reviews

“Beautifully written and it provides the opportunity for three interesting and forceful performances: and that is what this cast delivers.” Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide

“Canadian writer Matthew Edison has used this enduring fascination to fashion a most affecting play in the form of The Domino Heart.” Ian Foster, There Ought to be Clowns

“So well written that I shall look out for Matthew Edison's other writing.” Lizzie Loveridge, Curtain Up

“Amanda Hale's Cara, the emotional centre of the piece, is incredibly intense as the stiff upper-lipped, woolly-jumpered Toronto intellectual doing a really good job of not showing everyone that she is falling apart.” William Drew, The Arts Desk

“Amanda Hale’s urgently compelling Cara.” Ian Foster, There Ought to be Clowns

“Cavazos’ bracing physicality is impossible to drag one’s eyes from but Hale (such a boon to see her in a modern piece for once) is just exceptional here, a real tour-de-force.” Ian Foster, There Ought to be Clowns

"Jane Jeffery’s direction is intimate and affecting" Hannah Tookey, A Younger Theatre

“The Finborough is adept at bringing the best of Canadian drama to London and giving them great productions...The Finborough's knack of choosing plays with affecting depth is unsurpassed in London.” Lizzie Loveridge, Curtain Up

“The Finborough Theatre is committed to showing the work of Canadian playwrights and I’m so glad they have.” Everything Theatre


"Cumulatively powerful. It will stay with you long after you leave the theatre." NOW Magazine, Toronto

"A clever and elaborately woven piece of writing." Toronto Star

"A powerful and moving work that faces the big questions of life head on. …This is an exciting debut of a playwright unafraid to make us think as well as feel." Eye Weekly

"Matthew Edison's The Domino Heart…reveals a burgeoning talent and — dare we say it — a lot of heart." Edmonton Sun


Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays
2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 February 2014

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.

Performance Length: TBC

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

Full booking information

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Directed by Jane Jeffery

Designed by Jacob Hughes

Lighting by Ben Cowens

Sound by Dan Jeffries

Presented by First Sight in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.