Coming Soon: The Gathered Leaves

SUDS returns to the stage again with a moving and funny family drama
‘The Gathered Leaves’, by Andrew Keatley (2015).

The Pennington family have not been in the same room for over 17 years. But for the 75th birthday of William the overbearing patriarch, all three generations gather with the aim of putting the past behind them. William’s elegant wife Olivia finds her poise is put to the test by this gathering since all three of their children come with a good deal of baggage. There’s autistic Samuel who oscillates between charming innocence and disturbing helplessness. His brother Giles has to navigate the anxieties of his wife and two bickering children. And then there’s Alice, who has been out of touch for years and arrives accompanied by her mixed-race daughter Aurelia. This is a moving, poignant and funny family drama that sees the weight of history, heredity and expectation descend on one family over Easter weekend in 1997.

The play will be performed in the University Drama Studio from 9 to 12 November 2022.

We will be holding an initial read-through of the play on MONDAY 11th JULY at 7.30 pm in Sheffield Drama Studio, Rehearsal Room 1, Shearwood Road. All are welcome. Texts will be provided.

We will be holding auditions on 18th and 21st July at 7.30 pm in Sheffield Drama Studio, Rehearsal Room 1, Shearwood Road. All are welcome. You can attend one or the other – whatever suits you best. Texts will be made available at the meetings.

Image credit: ‘The Gathered Leaves’ book cover, Nick Hern Books
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