The Distance (2014)

A NEW PLAY BY DEBORAH BRUCE
8 October 2014 — 8 November 2014

"An excellent play... premiered in Charlotte Gwinner's pitch-perfect production... Highly recommended." Paul Taylor,The Independent 

“Deborah Bruce’s second play turns out to be the real deal. A breezy middle-class comedy – with proper jokes and everything – ‘The Distance’ is also shot through with big emotions, moral dilemmas and, best of all, quiet truths.” Matt Trueman, Time Out

“With this first major production of an urgent new play about modern maternity and female friendship, Deborah Bruce seriously enters the lists as a name to watch.” Michael Coveney, What’s on Stage 

“Deborah Bruce broaches the subject of absent mothers with nuance and humour in her accomplished second play.” William Moore, Evening Standard
 
“A bruising, unsentimental exploration of an enduring taboo.” Sam Marlowe, The Times
 
“Helen Baxendale catches perfectly Bea’s sense of numbed isolation, Clare Lawrence-Moody is a model of well-meaning control-freakery as Kate and Emma Beattie is very amusing as the neurotic, semi-stoned Alex. It’s also a sign of Bruce’s sophistication that the men in the play, far from being mere stooges, are as varied and vividly drawn as the agonised women.” Michael Billington, The Guardian 
 
“The play is an expertly blended mix of drama, wit, intelligence and sharp, fast-paced dialogue.” A Younger Theatre
 
“Charlotte Gwinner’s absorbing production is well acted by an ace cast... A highly emotional and intelligently taboo-busting evening.” The Arts Desk
 
“This is an amazing evening. The play is serious and thought-provoking, yet for most of its running time is side-splittingly funny.” Plays to See