EVERY Mother's Son is coming home. The play, by local theatre company multi story, has a special North Devon performance next week.
"We've performed around the country, including a short run in London, but the play is about a North Devon family and so it's great to be back on our home turf at The Plough Arts Centre," said multi story's Gill Nathanson. "There are all sorts of local references that a North Devon audience will enjoy – including a clash about what the parents see as North Devon's attributes and what the kids see as its downside. All very recognisable."
Every Mother's Son charts a critical hour in the fortunes of a couple who have moved to North Devon to provide a better life for their sons. Their oldest boy climbs mountains. Their youngest – Josh – is about to return to Afghanistan for a second tour of duty. Chrissie and Doug, their parents, have quite different views about Josh's army career. Chrissie is baking cakes for Josh and his comrades. Doug is down in his cellar-study refusing to accompany Chrissie to the send-off. Things have reached such a pass that they only communicate via Skype between cellar and kitchen.
The play has had a powerful effect on audiences across the country.
"As you'd expect with the subject matter," added Bill Buffery, who plays Doug, "families with military connections have found a lot of their own experiences reflected in the piece and have been glad of the opportunity to talk about them. But equally families with no particular military background have recognised the challenges that face us all as children exert their independence. There have been some great conversations as a consequence."
Every Mother's Son is at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington on Tuesday, November 12, 8pm. Tickets: £10 (adult), £8 (concession), £7 (Plough supporter). Box office: 01805 624624.