Things I Know to be True – Abbey Theatre, St. Albans, May 3-11 2019

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Things I Know to be True, by the critically acclaimed playwright Andrew Bovell in conjunction with Frantic Assembly theatre company, is the touching, funny and visceral next production by the Company of Ten.

It is a complex and intense portrait of the mechanics of a family, and a marriage, through the eyes of four siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.

Bob and Fran have worked hard to give their four children the opportunities they never had. Now with the kids ready to make lives of their own, it is time to sit back and smell the roses. But the change of the seasons reveals shattering truths, leaving us asking whether it is possible to love too much.

Director, Sarah Ferdinands, is delighted to be bringing this play to St Albans. “Frantic Assembly’s unique physical theatre style is studied widely at GCSE, A-Level and graduate-level. Their use of physicality to convey the energy and tenderness of their plays is something to behold, creating exhilarating contemporary experiences for theatre-goers. As director, I am collaborating as closely with our sound, lighting and set design team as I am with our actors to create a tight, multi-sensory, immersive piece. And we are curating an intricate soundscape with music chosen to draw audiences into our world. Don’t miss it! If you are new to this style of theatre, I know you will be converted after Things I Know to be True.”

Performances take place on the Main Stage from Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th May at 8pm; a matinée on Sunday 5th May at 2.30pm; and from Tuesday 7th – Saturday 11th May at 8pm. To book tickets please go to www.abbeytheatre.org.uk or call the box office on 01727 857861.

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I have been a St. Albans resident for 20 years and run a local business, Verulam Web Design, who created and maintain stalbanslife. I originally moved up this way in 1987 to start a Ph. D. at the then Hatfield Polytechnic and have worked in London or locally ever since. I have 2 children who went to local schools and a deep need to live in a Roman town. Currently performing as Tom Petty in the tribute band Petty Criminals.