Written and Directed by Alexander Zeldin
Lighting Design Marc Williams
Sound Design Josh Anio Grigg

Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch/ the Festival D’Automne Théâtre de L’Odéon, Paris/ Comédie de Valence, Valence

★★★★★ ‘The National Theatre’s play of the year.’

‘Designer Natasha Jenkins works wonders with the space, creating a large soulless communal area whose harsh lighting scheme extends over the entire auditorium, meaning we cannot look away. Beyond this, we get glimpses of cramped, dilapidated bedrooms. Love is heartbreaking in its depiction of the lack of the small essential dignities of human existence in this place.’ Evening Standard

★★★★The Telegraph "Natasha Jenkins’s grim, spartan set resembles something out of Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake. Residents fight over the few bits of crockery, washing-up liquid is used as a substitute for shampoo and a faded print of Jack Vettriano’s The Singing Butler hangs unloved on the vast, drab walls.”

★★★★★ ‘Gripping, amusing, uncomfortable, desperately moving.’ The Times

★★★★★ ‘Gentle, funny, devastating. Turning a national spotlight on the dehumanising reality of being homeless.’ Financial Times

★★★★★ ‘Heart-breaking’ Independent

★★★★ ‘Engrossing drama leaves us enraged.’ Guardian

★★★★ ‘An essential watch. A searing festive show.’ Time Out

★★★★ ‘Potent and emotive’ The Stage

Research and a wish to make the viewing experience democratic lead to the audience and actors sharing a common floor within the Dorfman Theatre and the performance playing within the ‘forest’ of chairs bluring the lines between stage and auditorium.
This feeling of communion is heightened by the lack of theatrical lighting and rooms are caped with a suspended ceiling covering the audience and actors alike.