ALL THE WAY HOME
by Ayub Khan-Din.
The Lowry (Quays Theatre) Pier 8 Salford Quays M50 3AZ To 15 October 2011.
Mon-Sat 7.15pm Mat Sat & 13 Oct 2.30pm.
Audio-described 7 Oct (+ Touch Tour 6.15pm).
BSL Signed 14 Oct.
Captioned 12 Oct.
Runs 2hr 20min One interval.
TICKETS: 0843 208 6000.
Review: Sadia Habib 3 October 2011.
Salford siblings reunite, regenerate and reminisce: touches the heart.
Ayub Khan Din’s writing returns to the stage in this premiere of All The Way Home. And how fitting to hold the premiere in Salford at The Lowry, for the play focuses on a group of Salford siblings who have reunited, albeit reluctantly, at a difficult time. In fact, the vast majority of the cast are from Manchester. LS Lowry himself even gets a mention: “Look at Lowry… all that squiggling!”
The overarching themes of life, death, regeneration (of the family ties and of Salford itself) are beautifully portrayed in a frank and gritty manner. The local dialect and accent strike a chord with the audience, especially in Julie Riley’s portrayal of the amusing Sonia, probably the wildest and most wayward of the siblings. Typical weather of the North-West is brilliantly displayed on stage through the pouring rain (at one point a symbolic act of cleansing for Sonia).
The action mainly revolves around the kitchen table in a rundown Salford terrace – one of the few homes left in the area, since others are being pulled down as part of urban regeneration. There are peeling wallpaper, a clutter of pots and condiments, a mismatch of chairs.
The play opens with the witty banter between three sisters reminiscing about school days and discussing the recent news item about the discovery of a headless corpse. And then the tone suddenly changes as Jan goes to check on their brother Frankie. What emerges from now on is a portrayal of the relationships between the brothers and sisters in this large family, as they come all the way home to try and support Frankie.
We learn about their separate journeys; some of the family members made good, while others have struggled. Sobering moments and inane sibling banter combine to show the audience the heart and soul of this Salford family.
All The Way Home touches home in its honest and humorous portrayal of family heartache and reunion.
Janet:- Susan Cookson.
Carol: Kate Anthony.
Sonia: Julie Riley.
Phillip: Paul Simpson.
Auntie Sheila: Judith Barker.
Samantha: Naomi Radcliffe.
Brian: Sean Gallagher.
Mickey: James Foster.
Director: Mark Babych.
Designer: Hayley Grindle.
Lighting: Ciaran Bagnall.
Sound: Paul Gregory.
Dialect coach: Mary Howland.
Assistant director: Joshua Azouz.