That Face

Polly Stenham

Polly Stenham’s savagely funny first play: ‘One of the most astonishing debuts I have seen in more than thirty years.’ (Daily Telegraph)

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I can’t take care of you anymore. I can’t take it. It’s like an endless boxing match.

Mia is at boarding school. She has access to drugs. They are Martha’s. Henry is preparing for art college. He has access to alcohol. From Martha. Martha controls their lives. Martha is their mother.

That Face premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in April 2007, and won the TMA Award 2007 for Best New Play. Polly Stenham received both the Charles Wintour Award 2007 and the Critics’ Circle Award 2008 for Most Promising Playwright.

Critic Reviews

Fresh, passionate and blackly comic – exhilarating . . . One of the most astonishing debuts I have seen in more than thirty years.

Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

Polly Stenham is a modern successor to Tennessee Williams or Edward Albee . . . [an] intensely moving, skillfully crafted piece.

Daily Express
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Stenham's god-given gift is an ability to communicate pain and longing.


Polly Stenham’s plays include That Face (Royal Court and the Duke of York’s), for which she was awarded the 2008 Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright 2007 and TMA Best New Play 2007. Also at the Royal Court: Tusk Tusk and No Quarter. Hotel premiered at the National Theatre, London, in…

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