Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad

by Michael Melski

2 February - 27 February 2021

"I know it probably sounds like I'm hard on Troy. He gives up too easy. He shouldn't give up so easy. He's a lot like his mother that way.”

The European premiere

Love in the bleachers. Blood on the ice. The usual small town affair.

Teddy and Donna are two lonely working-class single parents who meet at their children’s minor league ice-hockey match.

Teddy is competitive, over-dominating and believes that winning is everything, while Donna is just happy that her son is in the team enjoying himself.

Sitting together over the course of the season, they find themselves growing ever closer together, until an explosive event makes them realise that passion and violence don’t just happen on the ice…

Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad was a hit at Toronto’s Factory Theatre where it was nominated for a Merritt Award and the Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto’s equivalent of the Olivier Award), named one of the ‘Top Ten Plays of The Year’ by The Toronto Star, has toured Canada twice, and received over forty professional productions, including several in the United States. This production marks its European premiere.

About the Playwright Michael Melski

Playwright Michael Melski is an award-winning playwright and filmmaker whose works for the stage have been published and produced across Canada. His plays include The Fly Fisher’s Companion, Creepy and Little Mansion, Caribou, Joyride, Miles From Home, Eighteen and Corvette Crossing. Michael is also an acclaimed screenwriter and director of feature films including Growing Up starring Rosanna Arquette, Charlie Zone, and The Child Remains which won sixteen Best Feature prizes on the global festival circuit and was released theatrically in the United States in June 2019. Michael has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Shaw Festival, Neptune Theatre and Eastern Front Theatre. He currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

About the Director Jimmy Walters

Director Jimmy Walters returns to the Finborough Theatre following his acclaimed productions of two plays by Tony Harrison – Square Rounds and The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus – as well as John Osborne's A Subject of Scandal and Concern. Other direction includes Billy Bishop Goes To War and The Dog Beneath The Skin (Jermyn Street Theatre), Mrs Orwell (Southwark Playhouse), Julius Caesar (Saatchi Gallery), A Naughty Night With Noël Coward (Old Red Lion Theatre), Improbable Fiction (Courtyard Theatre), Hamlet (Bedouin Shakespeare Company), I the Jury (Hen and Chickens Theatre), Breaded Butler (Troubadour) and Dear Ray (Edinburgh Festival). Assistant Direction includes Young Shakespeare Company tours of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (Bloomsbury Theatre), Othello (Riverside Studios) and Knock Yourself Out (Courtyard Theatre).

The Canadian Press on Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad

“Great double act shoots and scores.” The Globe and Mail

“This poignant, involving play takes a simple love story between ordinary people and transforms it into something quite wonderful.” The Edmonton Sun

“A winner…This show is much more about the game of love than the game of hockey, but Melski doesn’t spare the barbs when it comes to showing the beastly behaviour of overly-serious hockey parents.” The Star Phoenix

“Melski scores big with Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad.” The Chronicle Herald

“Michael Melski writes like people talk and if that isn’t a definition of good dialogue then I don’t know what is.” The Toronto Star

“Charm, humour and performing skill...Michael Melski’s Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad has these qualities, plus a setting that’s commonplace in the outside world but unusual to the point of being exotic in the theatre – a double recommendation.” The National Post

“A sweet, theatrical romance. It’s also a fisticuffs and fun-filled celebration of Canada’s national sport cum obsession.  …playwright Michael Melski’s out-of-the-ordinary setting gives the play a unique vantage point to make some serious – but balanced – commentary about violence in Canada’s beloved national sport, as well as between men and women.” See Magazine, Winnipeg

The Press on Playwright Michael Melski

“A talent to watch” Canadian Living

“An important new voice in Canadian fiction” Atlantic Books Today

“One of the Canadians to watch” Macleans

"Melski has a mastery of the local idiom, and, like Faulkner before him, succeeds in fusing particular characters and situations into a metaphor that speaks to a wider audience and has a universal voice.” Theatrum

The Press on Director Jimmy Walters' Productions of Tony Harrison's The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus and Square Rounds at the Finborough Theatre

★★★★ “Jimmy Walters’s expressive production” Michael Billington, The Guardian

★★★★ “The real strength lies in the performances by the six-strong female cast, who bring these troubled characters to life with passion and chemistry.” Everything Theatre

★★★★ “Jimmy Walters’ inventive production.” Jewish Renaissance

★★★★ “A resounding success.” Close Up Culture

★★★★ “The all-female cast were exceptional under the direction of Jimmy Walters.” North West End

★★★★ “Timely relevance.” Breaking the Fourth Wall

“Vibrant, heartfelt and provocative.” Sam Marlowe, The Times
“Even if the mock penises in this revival tend to dangle, there is nothing limp about Jimmy Walters’ production.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

“A joy to hammer in the New Year.” Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
"I loved this. I enjoyed it enormously." Saturday Review BBC Radio 4

2 February - 27 February 2021

Week 1-2

Prices until 14 February 2021

Tickets £18, £16 Concessions

Concession Details

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.
Previews (2 and 3 February) £14 all seats.
£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 6 February 2021 when booked online only.

Week 3-4

Prices from 16 February 2021

Tickets £20, £18 Concessions

Concession Details

except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.

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Tickets and Times

Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm

Approximately 110 minutes including one interval of fifteen minutes.