“When I say sleep, you’re free again.”
A rare chance to see the play that shaped a theatre landscape. When it opened in 2005, Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree changed the rules of the game, bringing into the centre of its action an actor who has neither seen nor read the play.
In a performance of controlled virtuosity, the playwright guides that actor through a story of loss, suggestion and the power of the mind.
A man loses his daughter to a car. Nothing now is what it is. It’s like he’s in a play – but he doesn’t know the words or the moves. The man who was driving the car is a stage hypnotist. Since the accident, he’s lost the power of suggestion. His act’s a disaster. For him, everything now is exactly what it is. For the first time since the accident, these two men meet. They meet when the Father volunteers for the Hypnotist’s act. And, this time, he really doesn’t know the words or the moves…
No two shows are the same. Each “vividly celebrates the live, raw, communal experience of theatre” (Financial Times). This is an audience experience like no other.
Through the life of the play, Tim has worked with some of the great actors in the world – from Frances McDormand to F Murray Abraham, from Sophie Okonedo to Laurie Anderson, from Geoffrey Rush to Peter Dinklage.
Written by Tim Crouch
Performed by Tim Crouch and a different second actor at every performance
Directed by Tim Crouch, Karl James and Andy Smith
Music by Peter Gill
Produced by Francesca Moody Productions
Executive Producer: Francesca Moody
Associate Producer: Grace Dickson
Production Assistant: Elly Roberts