By Amelia Bullmore Wed 6 Apr - Sat 7 May, 2005

'I've had it with telling. I never want to be told anything either. Not even the time?'

Jane and Kev don't have secrets, there's no room for them. Their children take up all the space. Dirty laundry and weekend guests just have to be squeezed in. But when Kev comes home from a business trip with something on his mind he starts a confessional chain reaction, which has shattering consequences.

MAMMALS is a bitterly comic glimpse of the breeding generation. For anyone who's in, has ever been in, or will ever be in a family.


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'Bullmore's astute observation and incredibly sharp wit, along with a driven production and strong performances set this play in a league of its own. '

'I cannot remember when I last saw a first play so vital, so engrossing, so fully achieved, so mature. Kev (Daniel Ryan) is a buildings safety inspector, but the structure called marriage he's built could be collapsing. He thinks he's fallen for someone, and this is such a shock that he confesses it to his wife (Niamh Cusack). Jane, enraged, retaliates in kind. What happened between her and their best friend Phil (Mark Bonnar), a footloose Scottish painter and wisecracking junkie? Amelia Bullmore writes like a veteran, both soldier and war reporter. She knows men are insecure: confession makes them feel purged and safe. It is for women to be brave and mature. The alternative is a series of arrangements, which Phil favours, where hope is combined with restlessness. Bullmore has a gift for the comedy of pain and the grimness of the ludicrous that reminds you of Stoppard and Nichols; but her shrewd, warm, acerbic humanity is all her own, and Anna Mackmin's production honours it to the full.'

The Sunday Times


Director - Anna Mackmin
Designer - Paul Wills
Lighting Design - Howard Harrison


cast includes

Mark Bonnar
Nancy Carroll
Niamh Cusack
Jane Hazlegrove
Helena Lymbery