Mayfly

A NEW PLAY BY JOE WHITE
19 April 2018 — 26 May 2018

★★★★★ "a warm, wise, sad, enthralling debut... a richly textured marvel; gossamer-delicate encounters, awkward, funny... faultlessly played and directed." Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

★★★★ “this heartbreakingly funny debut play by Joe White… a tender and wise play suffused with grief and absence that scratches at the fragility of our existence and asks how we keep alive our memories of those we have lost. It’s a play about people consumed by misery yet it is unexpectedly funny and – like its dented, broken characters – always likable.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

★★★★ “It's testament to White's writing that though this is a play about how we deal with the death of a loved one – and also in some ways the death of a rural community – it's brilliantly funny. Even in the play's darkest moments, there are laugh-out-loud lines” Daisy Bowie-Sell, WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “a delicate and tender examination of rural isolation and familial grief ... sensitively directed by Guy Jones and powered by a quartet of superb performances” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

★★★★ "Joe White’s debut play crackles with unforced humour... [he] has the assurance of an Ayckbourn in saddling apparently “ordinary” people with big problems and emotions, thus proving how far from ordinary they are, and he juggles tone and pacing like a veteran. Full marks to his director, Guy Jones, and design team... and the excellent cast." Helen Hawkins, The Sunday Times

"A beautiful, beautiful, heartrendingly wonderful production... I am left, once again, marvelling at the vision and quality control of this little powerhouse of a theatre as Paul Miller and his team have, yet again, created a stunning production that not only feels fresh and new, but also is extremely delicate and cleverly complex in its representation of the many manifestations of pain and sorrow." Victoria Sadler

"A richly textured marvel; gossamer-delicate encounters, awkward, funny and harrowing, in remote Shropshire, faultlessly played and directed." Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“Joe White’s debut is another special play from a special theatre… Here is a theatre that isn’t afraid to be human – small when it needs to be, modest when necessary, and dazzling only when the play demands it… there is an honesty to White’s writing, a willingness to put his heart on the line" Miriam Gillinson, Exeunt

★★★★ “White has an ability to switch between sharp wit and pathos in a heartbeat... The future of theatre depends on theatres like the Orange Tree, which take chances on new talent. This is an impressive debut from a very promising writer” Aliya Al-Hasan, Broadway World

★★★★ Joe White’s first play tackles a family facing unnavigable loss and is a thoughtful and incisive drama… A first-rate cast” Amanda Hodges, Essential Surrey

“White has a great ear for the sharp and sometimes spiteful edges of grief… But the writing is funny, too.” Tom Wicker, Time Out

“An original exploration of how we confront the debilitating effects of tragedy, juxtaposed with the humour of how we carry on regardless, no matter how many times we are knocked back. This is what makes Mayfly a beautiful play." Loretta Monaco, LondonTheatre1

★★★★ "A quirky, compelling debut" Ed Nightingale, The Gizzle