A double-bill of family-set plays forms the last part of the Royal Court’s International Playwrights season.
Firstly, The Good Family by Sweden’s Joakim Pirinen is a flat-packed comedy from the country that brought you Ikea. It centres on Lasse, who is deliriously happy about his life – the weather is wonderful, and his son, daughter and wife are over the moon. They are comfortably off, sexually satisfied, liberal, liberated and pretty well perfect. Everything is wonderful and probably always will be…
The second half of this double-bill takes us to the Ukraine for Natalia Vorozhbit’s lighthearted and touching family portrait pitched against the darker milestones of global history. As Lyosha lies in hospital counting the days to his next birthday, his parents relate stories about the world outside and from their family histories. Stories marked by significant dates – 26 April 1986, 11 September 2001.
Not suitable for under 14s.