Jez Butterworth

Parlour Song (NHB Modern Plays)

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A blackly hilarious exploration of deceit, paranoia and murderous desire, as the spirit of the Blues lands in leafy suburbia.
Demolition expert Ned lives in a nice new house on a nice new estate on the edge of the English countryside. He loves his job. Barbecues. Car-boot sales. Fitness programmes. Outwardly his life is entirely unremarkable. Not unlike his friend and neighbour Dale.
So why has he not slept a wink in six months? Why is he so terrified of his attractive wife Joy? And why is it every time he leaves on business, something else goes missing from his home?
Parlour Song was first performed by the Atlantic Theater Company, New York in February 2008, before receiving its UK premiere at the Almeida Theatre, London in 2009.
'blissfully funny… combines the comic, the erotic and the downright disconcerting with superb panache' Telegraph
'exactly captures the mundane madness beneath the bland routine of affluence' Guardian
'wickedly funny' Financial Times
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48 printed pages
Original publication


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