THE SON is a hard-hitting drama exploring teenage depression and the effects it can have on other people. We caught up with the show's Director, DYLAN EVANS, to find out more about what audiences can expect.
What should an audience expect from The Son?
This is a story that’s going to hit close to home for a lot of people. I anticipate the show won’t always be the most comfortable watch for everyone but I hope that it’s also going to provoke conversations. The characters in this play feel so real and are performed superbly by our amazing cast. So in short, a moving, touching story, with a great cast performance.
The Son is being adapted into a movie this year starring Anthony Hopkins and Laura Dern. What do you think it is about this story that makes it particularly in demand to be told?
The issues of teenage mental health and depression explored in the play are so pertinent and something that we are increasingly aware of. Additionally, Florian Zeller’s characters are so powerful and so well written that I think everyone can find something in them to connect to.
How have rehearsals been coming along?
Wonderfully. The cast are amazing and have approached their characters with such dedication and sensitivity. We’ve got to the point where we’re running sections of the play and it’s such a delight to see it come together.
Without spoiling too much, what is your favourite part of the show?
There’s a point where everyone does some really awful dancing at the start of the second half that is probably the moment I’ve enjoyed the most in rehearsals. More generally, watching the different emotional journeys of all the characters come together to tell this emotional story.