By Jez Butterworth
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. Barbeques.Car Boot Sales. 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 is a black, hilarious exploration of deceit, paranoia and murderous desire, as the spirit of the the Blues lands in leafy suburbia.
Jez Butterworth’s previous plays include the award-winning Mojo, The Night Heron and The Winterling which all premiered at the Royal Court Theatre. Long time collaborator and former Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre Ian Rickson directs.
Amanda has previously appeared at the Almeida Theatre in A Chain Play, Enemies and Dona Rosita The Spinster. Her other extensive theatre credits include Faces In The Crowd and The Ugly Ones at the Royal Court, Play at Battersea Arts Centre, Otherwise Engaged and Blithe Spirit in the West End, Eastwood Ho!, The Malcontent and The Roman Actor for the RSC/West End, and The House of Bernada Alba for Shared Experience. Her television work includes EastEnders, Golden Hour, The Bill, No Angels and Men Behaving Badly. Her film credits include The Other Man, This Year's Love and Mrs Dalloway.
★★★★ "Ian Rickson's beautifully precise production...wild, contrapuntal humour beautifully articulated by Toby Jones... Jones' performance defines the tragi-comic nature of Butterworth's play...Amanda Drew maintains an aura of cool disdain...like one of Pinter's female sirens. Butterworth exactly captures the mundane madness beneath the bland routine of affluence."
"Superbly directed by Ian Rickson [who] brings his unusual combination of lyricism and shrewdness... a droll and delicious Amanda Drew... knockout physical-comedy sequences"
★★★★"Blissfully funny new play... Ian Rickson directs an almost flawless production... the wonderful Toby Jones hits comic sublimity...Amanda Drew's Joy is both coolly sexy and cruelly spiteful, while Andrew Lincoln entertainingly reveals terminal dimness... a play that combines the comic, the erotic and the downright disconcerting with superb panache"
The Daily Telegraph
★★★★ "Ian Rickson's beautifully measured production... blissfully funny solo scenes for Toby Jones. It will be a vintage year if we see a better-acted play than this"
★★★★ "It's a beauty... wickedly funny. The tone of the play is enthralling... crisply written and punctuated by laugh-out-loud comedy. The cast, in Ian Rickson's beautifully paced production, handles this expertly. Toby Jones, as Ned, is brilliant: poignant, desperate and hilarious... He is perfectly matched by Andrew Lincoln's laddish Dale and Amanda Drew's sensual, contemptuous Joy"
Jez Butterworth - Writer
Ian Rickson - Director
Jeremy Herbert - Designer
Peter Mumford - Lighting
Stephen Warbeck – Music
Paul Groothuis - Sound
Steven Williams - Video