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Written by Lucy Bell, developed with support from Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Royal Plymouth
A tale of crime, passion and Fablon, set in a small Devon town.
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‘In the estate agent window on Fore Street there is a laminated picture of the home Bill and I bought to start a family, price reduced for quick sale. January is a stupid time to put a place on the market but that’s one thing we agree on now. We both need to move on. How did it come to this? How on earth did I miss all the clues along the way? I guess this story began seven years ago but it built to its grisly climax in the two weeks before Christmas, to a soundtrack of screeching breaks and something far worse: Greatest Hits of West Life.’
Laminated uses comedy, a tapestry of characters and a breakneck twisty-turny plot to explore the impact on marriage and siblings of being a family with a high needs child. The script was inspired by the frank and funny testimonies of ‘special needs families’, but is just as much about the universal question: what makes enduring relationships endure?
Running time: 60 mins
‘Laminated by Lucy Bell is beautiful and heart wrenching monologue about the over-looked and rarely discussed lives of parents caring for a child with profound disabilities. Extremely funny in Bell’s inimitable and warm conversational style, the play unfolds to give us a surprising and moving insight into a world of NHS counsellors, sausages and laminators.’
BEA ROBERTS, THEATRE503 AWARD-WINNING WRITER
‘Laminated is a lovely piece of writing with a wonderful central character. It’s unassuming and seemingly gentle with emotions buried deep underground’
DAVID LOCKWOOD, BIKE SHED THEATRE
‘The writing is amazing’
‘An epic, tender family story’
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