Out of Joint & the Royal Court Theatre present
by Caryl Churchill 1997
Blue Heart consists of two related short plays, both teasingly entertaining and brilliantly executed, one about a father and daughter, the other about a mother and son. In Heart’s Desire, a father, mother and aunt are waiting for a woman to arrive home after years in Australia. In Blue Kettle a middle-aged man and his girlfriend are involved in a con trick, making elderly women believe they are the man’s long-lost mother. But neither play is what it seems. Something catastrophic is happening which disrupts and destroys them.
By one of the country’s leading writers, Blue Heart was an immediate hit at the Edinburgh Festival and won a coveted Fringe First Award. The production was also a huge international success, touring to countries including Brazil, Israel, Hungary, Portugal, Germany, Mexico and New York.
‘The play of the year’
‘These are substantial, provocative, immensely stylish works which create an unsettling mixture of wild laughter and profound unease…a major hit’
‘A fiendishly clever and surreal play, timed to perfection’
‘My advice: run, don’t walk, to Brooklyn… Otherwise you will miss one of the wittiest, most gorgeously performed theatrical events’
-New York Times
CAST & CREATIVES
Cast: Gabrielle Blunt, Jacqueline Defferary, Karina Fernandez, Bernard Gallagher, Valerie Lilley, Mary Macleod, Eve Pearce, Jason Watkins, Anna Wing.
Director: Max Stafford-Clark
Designer: Julian McGowan
Lighting Design: Johanna Town
Sound Design: Paul Arditti
World Premiere: 14 August 1997, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
London Premiere: 17 September, 1997, Royal Court Theatre