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Joel Pommerat


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Adaptation / Translations of Plays by Joel Pommerat


This Child

1st Produced:

Southwark Playhouse, London, EUR >>>

10 Nov 2008


Company of Angels / Pilot Theatre and Junction Cambridge

1st Published:

in Theatre Cafe Plays One, Oberon Books Ltd (10 Nov 2008)





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Original Playwright - Joel Pommerat

This Child

This child will give me strength Im going to show them just who I am Im going to show them that Im not who they think I am. Everyone is someones child; every family has its own story. Drawing on interviews with real parents bringing up their children on a housing estate in Normandy, this play is remarkable in its intensity and truth. In a series of conversations and confrontations This Child exposes the complexities of parent/child relationships. Scenes of passion, blame and awkwardness are followed in quick succession by moments of tenderness and understanding in a poignant examination of this most fundamental of human bonds. I didnt choose you. I didnt choose to have a father like you. I didnt choose you either. I didnt choose to have a son like you. A major critical success in the original French, This Child won the Critics Association Award for Best Play in 2006

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