Paul Virides Productions, Evelyn James Productions and United Theatrical present
All in a Row
by Alex Oates
Laurence likes pizza.
Laurence is about to go to school.
Laurence thinks it’s okay to wee on mummy’s pillow.
Like any couple, Tamora and Martin have big hopes and dreams. But when your child is autistic, non-verbal, and occasionally violent, ambitions can quickly become a pipe dream.
In a household brimming with love, resentment and realisations, meet Tam, Martin and Laurence’s carer Gary as they struggle to care for their beloved boy. On the night before social services finally intervenes, who is the victim here? Who was the traitor? And who do you blame when you can no longer cope?
Inspired by his experiences working as a carer for over a decade, Alex Oates’ new play stars Charlie Brooks (EastEnders, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here – winner) and Simon Lipkin (Wind in the Willows, Guys and Dolls) with Michael Fox (Downton Abbey, Dunkirk) and puppeteer Hugh Purves (Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Solo: A Star Wars Story).
The team behind the triple Offie-nominated “sharp-witted, effortlessly engaging and surprisingly sweet” (Times) Silk Road brings you the world premiere of a startling new play, written by Alex Oates and directed by Dominic Shaw. All in a Row is a kitchen sink comedy-drama filled with heart… and French Fancies.
★★★★ “It’s the product of extensive experience: a lively, compassionate and darkly humorous show with the unmistakable ring of truth.” The Guardian
★★★★ “Alex Oates has written a hard-hitting and very emotional story that really examines the lives of people coping with a severely autistic child. Please go and see this play before you rush to judge.” LondonTheatre1
★★★★ “Every inch of this innovative production is meticulously thought through. A powerful evening.” The Reviews Hub
★★★★ “A bravely written, brilliantly acted piece of modern theatre which needs to be seen.” Playhouse Pickings
“I have four boys with autism. I had to see this play. It was utterly believable. Raw. Honest. It is a play which everyone should see.” Sarah Ziegel, Blogger.
“Moving, compassionate and intelligent.” Libby Purves, Broadcaster
“On Saturday 16th February 2019 at 11.45am I broke routine. I did something different, that “thing” was to get ready and go to the theatre. The play was called “All in a Row”. I enjoyed the play. I think I wasn’t supposed to. Many of the people I like and respect are upset by it. I want to see those things, but I don’t.” Purple Theo, Blogger
Recommended for ages 16+
Puppet Designer and Director
Company Stage Manager
Deputy Stage Manager
Paul Virides Productions
Production Photos by Nick Rutter
Rehersal Photos by Nick Rutter
The matinee performance on Saturday 23rd February is a relaxed performance.
A relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with sensory and communication disorders or learning disabled people.
If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with box office on 020 7407 0234, or firstname.lastname@example.org.