The Boy on the Swing opens at the Arcola
March 11, 2011
The Boy on the Swing, written by Joe Harbot opens tonight at the Arcola Theatre. The London Premiere of the play is directed by Fringe First 2010 winner Joe Murphy, and stars Nick Blood as Jim.
The play follows Earl, who is just a regular guy. He's got a job, he's got friends, he's not alone. He is, however, lost. Not geographically; spiritually. So when a bizarre business card seems to offer answers, he's going to grab them. But is a phone call really all it takes?
The Boy on the Swing opened and closed Building Works Festival at Newcastle's Live Theatre in 2008, and was directed by Jeremy Herrin.
The play runs at the Arcola until 9th April, and you can book tickets here.
'Joe Harbot's kooky comedy combines Kafkaesque bewilderment with the daftness of Douglas Adams' *** Matt Trueman, Time Out.
'Staged in the thrust and with a clever but minimal set there is much emphasis in this production upon the language of business and religion, although it also features a healthy dollop of physical humour' Amy Yorston, The British Theatre Guide
'The distinguished senior actress sitting next to me said she couldn’t remember anything so exciting since she’d first seen Waiting for Godot, and both the crisp yet opaque dialogue and absurdist atmosphere had a distinctly Beckettian air... this is a debut of startling promise. Watch out for Joe Harbot, and hats off to the Arcola.' Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph