From Monday 11 May we are delighted to share with you two short plays written and donated by award-winning playwright and Sherman Theatre Associate Artist Gary Owen. MUM and DAD are performed by two of Wales’s most celebrated actors - Lynn Hunter and Michael Sheen. Together these two plays amount to a beautiful, short theatre experience which can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Sherman Theatre Artistic Director Joe Murphy has said “The donation of these two plays is an extraordinary, and characteristically generous, gift from Gary Owen. It is so amazing to see the support and community spirit of our artists and audiences in these strange and uncertain times. And that support is vital in allowing us to survive this crisis, and for us to be able to thrive once it’s over. Performed by two exceptional actors, I feel like these small pieces are a real treat and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.”
Gary Owen has said “MUM and DAD are two tiny pieces, near-verbatim records of stories told me by my mum and my dad about their lives growing up in Pembrokeshire. They’re too little to ever be put on as theatre pieces, so it’s a huge treat to have them performed now as part of the Sherman’s lockdown programme. They’re about things that happened before I was born, before my parents ever met. So to me they’re mythical, even though I know they’re real. Lynn and Michael are two actors who never, ever patronise the characters they play, whatever foolish or malicious things those characters might get up to. They make the characters they play real. And in these glorious performances, they turn these little legends back into real life again. I’m incredibly grateful to both of them, and to the Sherman for hosting the pieces.”
Thank you to everyone involved for their generosity and time to make this project happen.
With thanks to Curtis Brown.