The Furrow by Phil Tong
‘What people forget is that I’m in this house, day in day out. When you’re here all the time you get to know the rhythm of a place; to understand the way it breathes. You become part of it, sense its pulse. I know everything that goes on in this house and I shared it all with mother; told her everything. I know what she thought of you and I know what she did. And I can’t say I’d want to be drinking red wine in this house if it were me.’
A young woman prepares for her wedding as her mother drifts towards death in an upstairs room. Meanwhile her crippled sister prowls the corridors with mischief in her heart and her maid plots a terrible revenge.
The Furrow is a doomed family saga set in Ireland in 1912; a period in Irish history sometimes referred to as ‘The last, lost Raj in the rain.’ The play takes its inspiration from the ‘family paintings’ of the Portugese/British artist Paula Rego.
Phil Tong is a graduate of the Dramatic Writing MA at Sussex University who has had nine plays premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2000 in addition to work produced in London, Paris and Milan. Now writing full-time he was, until 2014, Director of Drama at the City of London Freemen’s School and has taught a great many students who have gone on to successful careers in theatre, tv and film including Andrew Garfield, Kelly Reilly and Stephanie Hyam. His work written for Young People’s Theatre is published by TreePress.
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