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The Gathered Leaves

Andrew Keatley

"This could well transfer to the West End – but I'd recommend catching The Gathered Leaves right now.... A top notch 11-strong cast.... [Jane] Asher gives a performance of serene elegance, [Clive] Francis is unpredictably loveable as well as breathtakingly crushing, [Alex] Hanson gives a superb understated performance, Nick Sampson deserves an award for his overwhelmingly touching depiction...  A must see drama."
★ ★ ★ ★   The Times
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"...replete with scenes of charged emotional intensity and moments of safety-valve humour, you’re drawn into a recognisable uptight world of simmering resentments, recriminations and rifts. Clive Francis is fantastic... Nick Sampson is superb.... Hugely impressive."
★ ★ ★ ★  The Telegraph
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"A star-laden family play is the kind of thing you used to find at Theatre Royal Haymarket... one now turns up at this adventurous off-West End venue. But the important fact is that Andrew Keatley breathes new life into an old form, [he] accurately pins down the tensions within family life and records a moment of social transition. A riveting portrait of a monstrous patriarch."
★ ★ ★ ★  The Guardian
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"Andrew Keatley's meaty family drama... a strong cast of 11 illuminates what turns out to be an amusing and unsettling story of dirty secrets and oppresive legacies."
★ ★ ★ ★  Evening Standard
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"Andrew Keatley’s empathic family drama shows there’s still much to be learnt from our kith and kin. Behind the meticulous diction, their stiff upper lips tremble, revealing a much messier truth before realigning almost imperceptibly into the platitudes of the past.  All of the cast are on top form... "
★ ★ ★ ★  Time Out
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"A fine ear for dialogue and a deft characterisation that is deeply humane. Fine work all round!"
★ ★ ★ ★  Daily Express

"Talented actors and a genius script unite in this, The Gathered Leaves, making its world debut at Park Theatre over the summer... this tale of a family reunion gone wrong manages to be relatable, respectable and all round excellent theatre... its ability to get its audience belly laughing and on the verge of tears within the same conversation is something special. Every actor gives a spotless performance, and the script is stunning. If you’re looking for simple, brilliant theatre, this is definitely worth going to see, possibly even twice."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Upcoming
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"A very funny and heart-warming play.... perfectly written and really quite lovely to watch... The Gathered Leaves becomes not just another story about a dysfunctional family, but one that encourages us to consider what family is really all about. Andrew Keatley’s excellent script and an impressive cast combine to make this an exciting and challenging new play, well worth seeing."
★ ★ ★ ★  LondonTheatre1
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"Beautifully written, directed and acted, Andrew Keatley’s family drama may be strikingly familiar in its subject matter but it’s a rare treat to see so perfectly executed on stage."
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