The House of Shades

Beth Steel

Set against the ever-changing industrial landscape of working-class Britain, Beth Steel’s revelatory new play spans five decades in the lives, and deaths, of the Webster family.

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£9.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571362653
Date Published
19.05.2022
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Summary

Nothing cuts into us like the family knife.

The Webster House.
1965. 1979. 1985. 1990. 2016.
Death silences no one, least of all the dead.

Set against the ever-changing industrial landscape of working-class Britain, Beth Steel’s revelatory new play spans five decades in the lives, and deaths, of the Webster family.

The House of Shades premiered at the Almeida in May 2022.

Beth Steel won Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Critic Reviews

‘Beth Steel’s large canvas reflects brawny ambition and magnificent fearlessness … a kitchen-sink drama that incorporates state-of-the-nation politics … The House of Shades shows Steel is one of our most audacious playwrights. She seems intent on taking risks and they can pay off with an astonishing power.’

Guardian
Critic Reviews

‘A work of real ambition: the kind of sprawling state-of-the-nation drama that few attempt and even fewer pull off. … Steel is a writer of huge ability.’

The Times
Critic Reviews

‘Beth Steel is perceptive of the left’s sense of martyrdom and the bitterness towards those seen to move beyond their class, but she’s also unflinching about the clinical individualism of the right. Her ambitious state-of-the-nation play tugs us in many directions as it asks why we are where we are. She’s a thinker, but also a fighter – I kept thinking how fortunate we are to have a writer like her.’

Independent
Critic Reviews

‘The play’s interest in the inherited damage passed on between mothers and daughters is lent the visceral force of Greek tragedy. ... Richly theatrical and highly satisfying.'

Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

'The House of Shades is a riveting watch from an incredibly exciting playwright – an explosive family portrait of secrets, grief, despair and division.'

The Stage
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Beth Steel’s first play Ditch premiered at the HighTide Festival before transferring to the Old Vic Tunnels. Ditch was shortlisted for the John Whiting Award. Wonderland her second play was performed at Hampstead Theatre in and won her the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. Her third play, Labyrinth opened at the Hampstead Theatre in 2016.

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