'Without a gang you’re just an orphan…'
This is our truth – the combined stories of our sons, our brothers, our uncles, our father's and their fight to find their own sense of relevance, purpose and identity in the midst of societal upheaval. We're looking at the end of an era as though looking into the abyss and Roy Williams has captured it all in his gripping play, The Firm.
Imagine the scenario: The old gang are gathered to welcome home Shaun, the elusive 5th member of their ‘family’. The comradery of men who have fought endless wars together rings true as the deepness of their brotherhood is revealed but it all begins to unravel at just the mention of the young youth whose very presence seems to threaten their legacy, tying them all together not through their strengths but through their weaknesses.
Equally hilarious and provocative, themes run strong throughout this piece, which is performed in one act, and tensions are taken to the very edge as the male ego is pushed to the very limits as it is challenged to get to the reality of what lies beneath. Roy Williams is the perfect demonstration of the importance of each community, each culture, and each generation telling their own story as through The Firm he gives voice to the growing gulf between the elder and younger generations.
Superbly directed by Denis Lawson, The Firm is breathtakingly good, adrenaline pumping intense and relevant to the plight of a seemingly knife-wielding, disengaged generation. This play is an absolute MUST SEE!
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