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Sunderland a play about modern day social concernsSunderland, a play penned by Clément Koch and directed by Serge Postigo , is a piece that testifies to the inherent social concerns that we face in our daily lives, and brings to the surface the delicate study about love under all its forms.
In our present world where children are usually naturally conceived, raised and nurtured, how does one cope and hope to love in the face of adversity? What can be extreme enough to push us beyond our limits and make us abandon all hope?
Sunderland, a play penned by Clément Koch and directed by Serge Postigo , is a piece that testifies to the inherent social concerns that we face in our daily lives, and brings to the surface the delicate study about love under all its forms.
We are transported to Sunderland, a small town in northern England in the dreary month of November 2005. We are introduced to Sally, an ex-beauty queen that recently lost her packing job at the chicken factory due to an outbreak of bird flu. Left penniless, she desperately tries to make ends meet as the local social workers threaten to remove her younger autistic sister from the family home, claiming that she would be safer in a mental hospital.
Times are tough in this small town where football and beer are the best drugs against unemployment. Surrounded by a headstrong, love struck admirer and a best friend that has become a pink phone expert, Sally has to rapidly find a solution to escape the intractable social worker that threatens to take her sister away at every second.
Sally finds potential salvation in a newspaper ad: 300 thousand pounds in exchange of becoming a surrogate mother for a desperate non traditional couple eager to start a family. Their offer might JUST be the solution to all her problems ...However life rarely only throws roses in our paths...
Working within a sumptuous and detailed set, the eight actors really delivered a brilliant and heartwarming performance that brought the audience from thunderous laughter to the brink of tears.
Catherine - Anne Toupin as the protagonist Sally, really brought her best to the stage by portraying a frustrated young women torn between her own sense of pride and her filial duty towards her autistic sister. I felt really moved by Marie-Eve Milot realistic approach and characterization of the autistic, but ever optimistic Jill.
This social comedy explores the power of unselfishness and self-giving, unconditional love and the spirit of friendship and solidarity that will perhaps finally find an open door...
Sunderland continues its run from the 19th of February to the 29th of March
Performed in French,
Length 1:35 with no intermissions
Drama, comedy, tragedy... The Duceppe theater company gives close to 200 performances in this theater from September to May each year. For a complete list for their up-coming shows play visit : http://duceppe.com/