Highly relatable, hilarious drama is always the best. Most family members experience the biting of tongues – or, worse, the passionate arguments that ensue otherwise – when intergenerational relatives find themselves cooped up under the same roof. A global hit, The Omission of the Family Coleman tells this exact story and has won a number of prestigious awards including the Ace Award for Best Argentinian Play and the Best Original Play Award at the Fiesta Nacional del Teatro.
Originally written by Claudio Tolcachir, and now adapted by Stella Feehily and directed by Laurence Boswell, this play appeals to all with its absurd yet poignant humour. Stella Feehily has previously worked extensively with Out of Joint and the Royal Court and her plays have toured nationally and been produced internationally. These include This May Hurt A Bit, Bang Bang Bang, Duck and the award-winning O Go My Man. Meanwhile, Laurence Boswell is an Olivier Award winner, Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio and an Associate Artist of the RSC. His recent productions include The Model Apartment, The Whale, The Mentor, Trouble in Mind, The Mother, Intimate Apparel and The Spanish Golden Age Season in the Ustinov Studio and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Theatre Royal Bath’s Main House.
The Omission of the Family Coleman is the third and final play featured in the Ustinov Studio’s A Season of UK Premieres. It tells the story of the dysfunctional Coleman family, who are held in check by their matriarchal grandmother. When this much-loved linchpin is removed, chaos ensues, played out by the production’s talented cast, who are set to take to the stage at Theatre Royal Bath on 28 March.
Laoisha O’Callaghan, David Crowley, Anne Kent, Robert Mountford, Patrick Moy and will all appear in the UK Premiere this Spring. Also performing will be Evanna Lynch, who starred as Luna Lovegood in the final four films of the Harry Potter franchise, Rowan Polonski, who returns to Bath following the UK tour of Shakespeare in Love and whose film credits include Tomb Raider and Kingsman: The Secret Service; and finally Natalie Radmall-Quirke has appeared on stage in The Weir (English Touring Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Cheek by Jowl) and Romeo and Juliet (The Gate) with TV credits in Casualty, Striking Out and Doctors.
28 March – 27 April
Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Theatre
Tickets can be booked from £16.50 (excluding £1.50 booking fee).