Old Fools is the story of Tom and Viv, their love and the life they’ve shared together – from first spark to dying light. But not necessarily in that order.
Directed by Sharon Burrell (nominated for Best Director, Offie Awards 2018), Old Fools is a heartwarming and heartbreaking tale told through fleeting memories.
Tristan Bernays is an award winning writer and performer. Teddy premiered at Southwark Playhouse and his other work has been performed at The Globe, Soho Theatre, Bush Theatre, National Theatre Studio and Roundhouse. His play Boudica was performed at The Globe in September 2017 as part of Emma Rice’s Summer of Love season, with Gina McKee in the title role.
Nominated for 4 Off West End Awards – Best New Play, Best Director, Best Leading Man and Best Leading Woman
Praise for “Old Fools”
★★★★ “Frances Grey and Mark Arends are spectacularly genuine as Vivian and Tom.” The Independent
★★★★”Handled with fleet-footed direction by Sharon Burrell, and grounded in two magnificent performances from Arends and Grey.” Time Out
★★★★ “Heart-wrenching… over the course of 70 minutes it makes you fall in love – then breaks your heart.” The Upcoming
★★★★ “Old Fools is brilliant devastating theatre, marking Bernays out as an outstanding talent amongst his generation.” Jonathan Baz Reviews
★★★★★ “Beautifully crafted by all the creative team.” Theatre Bubble
★★★★★ “One of the most moving and beautiful plays I have seen.” British Theatre Guide
★★★★★ “Like the rest of the audience I was totally hooked and together we laughed and cried.” London Theatre 1
This production is supporting the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK. To donate go to https://donate.alzheimersresearchuk.org/publicnew/
Christopher James Ash
Panel Discussion 19th March
After the show, there will be a panel discussion with the writer, Tristan Bernays; director, Sharon Burrell and actors Mark Arends and Frances Grey focusing on how the play was brought from page to stage and believably portraying the characters and the challenges they face in a story told ‘out of linear time’. The panel discussion will begin at 9.15pm.
Gala Night In Support Of ARUK Wednesday 21st March
To coincide with the final day of the Alzheimers Research UK Conference 2018, there will be a special fundraising gala performance of the show followed by a panel discussion on Alzheimer’s and its creative representation on stage. Chaired by actor Laurie Brett (EastEnders, Waterloo Road, Les Miserables), the panel includes Tristan Bernays, the playwright; Tim Parry, Director of Communications ARUK and Dr. Natalie Ryan. The post-show discussion will begin directly after the show at 9.15pm. One third of the ticket price will go to Alzheimer’s Research, and all attendees receive a free programme.
Concession prices are available Mon-Thu and for all matinee performances.