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Humble Boy

Humble Boy

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ISBN
9780571347841
Published
15/03/2018
9780571347841
Format
Paperback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
112

About the Book

My husband is dead and my only son, who has grown fat and strange, has just run away from his own father's funeral. I'll be fine. Fine. At least those bastard bees are gone.

Felix Humble is drawn back to his family home after the death of his father, a biology teacher and amateur beekeeper. There in the garden he finds his waspish mother Flora, her downtrodden friend Mercy and the suspiciously ever-present local businessman George Pye. His daughter Rosie was once involved with Felix. Felix is an astrophysicist who discovers that solving the riddle of his emotional life is considerably more challenging than the quest for a unified string theory.

Charlotte Jones' family comedy won the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award following its premiere at the National Theatre, London, in 2001. The play was revived at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in March 2018.

'Sad, very sad: funny, very very funny... this is a seriously wonderful play.' Sunday Times

'Rich, original, intelligent, funny and touching... I can't recommend this lovely play too highly.' Daily Telegraph

My husband is dead and my only son, who has grown fat and strange, has just run away from his own father's funeral. I'll be fine. Fine. At least those bastard bees are gone.Felix Humble is drawn back to his family home after the death of his father, a biology teacher and amateur beekeeper. There in the garden he finds his waspish mother Flora, her downtrodden friend Mercy and the suspiciously ever-present local businessman George Pye. His daughter Rosie was once involved with Felix. Felix is an astrophysicist who discovers that solving the riddle of his emotional life is considerably more challenging than the quest for a unified string theory.Charlotte Jones' family comedy won the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award following its premiere at the National Theatre, London, in 2001. The play was revived at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in March 2018.'Sad, very sad: funny, very very funny... this is a seriously wonderful play.' Sunday Times'Rich, original, intelligent, funny and touching... I can't recommend this lovely play too highly.' Daily Telegraph
  • Charlotte Jones

    Charlotte Jones's first play Airswimming premiered at the Battersea Arts Centre, London and was later broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In Flame premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in 1999 and was revived at the New Ambassadors, London, in September 2000. Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis premiered at the Bolton Octagon in 1999 and transferred to the Liverpool Everyman in May of that year. It won the Manchester Evening News Best Play Award and the Pearson Television Best Play Award of 1999. Charlotte Jones won the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2000 for In Flame and Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis. Humble Boy was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 2001, the Critics' Circle Best New Play Award, 2002, and the People's Choice Best New Play Award, 2002. The Dark premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2003, and in 2004 she wrote the book for the musical of The Woman in White (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel), which ran in the West End and on Broadway. The Lightning Play was first performed at the Almeida Theatre, London in 2006.

“‘When Humble Boy opened at the National in 2001, its author Charlotte Jones was immediately and quite rightly hailed as a new and exciting voice in British theatre… Jones's crisp, rhythmical dialogue mixed reflections on grief with discussions of super-string theory….It is fast and furious, with each character brilliantly delineated…still fresh and relevant.’”
- Telegraph
“‘Fuses Alan Ayckbourn’s agonising humour with the artful eloquence of Tom Stoppard.’”
- Evening Standard

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