Box of Tricks Theatre Company – Set & Costume Design
Venue: New Diorama
Ella Carmen Greenhill
A new play by Ella Carmen Greenhill
“Mum told me that there was something in his brain that was different, she said that he liked to put his toys in lines and that was a symptom or whatever . I used to go in his room and see all his stuffed animals in line and I’d mess them up. I’d mess the line up.”
Rose loves her brother Mikey. Mikey loves Rose, Bruce Willis films and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but he hates change. When their mum is diagnosed with leukaemia, their world is plunged into chaos. Rose returns home tofind a very different brother to when she left. But today is his eighteenth birthday and Rose wants everything to be perfect but life with Mikey isn’t ever that simple.
Inspired by events in the playwright’s own life, Plastic Figurines is a funny and moving new play that explores autism and the relationship between siblings with very different views of the world.
Following a hugely successful national tour last year , Plastic Figurines is transferring to the New Diorama Theatre in London for a four-week run this Autumn.
Award-winning writer Ella Carmen Greenhill writes forCoronation Street and is one of Theatre’s Five resident playwrights followingwriter-on-attachment placements at Paines Plough and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
This short, sweet, painful play by Ella Carmen Greenhill is written from the heart and the gut. .. gently harrowing… A mighty miniature.
A quietly courageous play about autism… Adam Quayle’s production for Box of Tricks has a tempo and delicacy to match the writing… It’s only a small play, but its fleeting 70 minutes leave you with the sense of having stumbled across something quietly courageous and personal.
A poignant set depicting a waiting room next to a hospital ward, the space is also used when switching to scenes at their family home.This is a haunting reminder that the ward has become a permanent fixture in their lives, the source of their loss forevermore.”
Katie Scott’s austere hospital waiting room set reflects the simplicity of Adam Quayle’s production, which for the most part, keeps the drama restrained. The effect is to heighten the impact of flash points when Michael becomes hysterical or Rose’s exasperation erupts. Simplicity is the keyword, because Michael is not presented as a savant and both characters are shown to be ordinary people leading everyday lives, doing their best to meet the challenges laid down before them. It is this that lies at the heart of the play’s considerable appeal.