Isaac (Arthur Darvill) gets home from serving in the marines to find war has broken out back home. In a nondescript town somewhere in Central Valley – America, Isaac’s mom Paige (Ashley McGuire) is blowing up entrenched routines.
Fed up with domestic patriarchy, Paige has stopped washing, cleaning and caring for their ailing father, who recently suffered a stroke. She reigns supreme.
Ally to their mother’s new regime is Isaac’s sibling Max (Griffyn Gilligan). Only last time Isaac checked, Max was Maxine. Once the breadwinner, Isaac’s dad (Andy Williams) has toppled from the head of the household to the bottom of the pile – a make-upped puppet emasculated by Paige once and for all.
In a cheap house made of plywood and glue, notions of masculinity and femininity become weapons with which to defeat the old order. But in Taylor Mac’s sly, subversive comedy, annihilating the past doesn’t always free you from it.
The New York hit from dynamic playwright and performance artist Taylor Mac (24-Decade History of Popular Music) arrives at the Bush Theatre for its European premiere.
Ashley plays Paige. She has previously worked with director Nadia Fall on several productions including The Suicide, Our Country's Good and Home (National Theatre). Further National Theatre credits include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and An Oak Tree. Elsewhere, stage work includes the role of Falstaff in Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse), Shopping and F***ing (Lyric Hammersmith), Re-Charged - Fatal Light (Clean Break/ Soho Theatre) and Housekeeping (Theatre Uncut). For television, she has appeared in This Country, Decline and Fall, In the Club, The IT Crowd Special: The Internet is Coming, The Job Lot, Derek, Miranda and has played recurring roles in Man Down (Series 1-4), Dead Boss and Coronation Street. Film credits include David Brent: Life on the Road and Bridget Jones' Baby.
Griffyn plays Max. His theatre credits include Teddy Ferrara (Donmar Warehouse), directed by Dominic Cooke. He is a founding member of the ensemble Ponyboy Curtis (The Yard, New Diorama, Camden People’s Theatre). He has worked on various workshops and developments, including BULLISH (Milk Presents/Lyric Hammersmith/Camden People’s Theatre), Antigonna (Young Vic), Weaklings (Chris Goode & Company/Warwick Arts Centre), Jubilee (The Royal Exchange/Chris Goode & Company) and Galatea (Before Shakespeare). Griffyn trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.