By John Retallack. The love between a couple must be re-negotiated when a child arrives.

by John Retallack.

There's nothing that Arlo would like better than bringing his parents back together again. A love story with songs.

Grace - Madeleine Worrall

Arlo - Joel MacCormack

Young Arlo - Kasper Hilton-Hille

Tom - Jonathan Forbes

Philip - David Seddon

Singer Madeleine Worrall

Musician: Neil McArthur

Director: David Hunter


This is the story of Grace, a small-time folk singer and Tom a journalist seen through the eyes of their son Arlo who is about to join the Royal Marines. Their passionate youthful affair and marriage at 18 turns sour when Tom feels trapped by his teaching job and side-lined by parenthood. Extended aid trips lead to a career abroad and Grace and Arlo are left behind to fend for themselves in rural Devon.

Mother and son form an especially strong bond, even singing together - a bond that is eventually threatened by Grace contemplating a new relationship and Arlo developing the notion that he has driven his parents apart. And then, having come across groups of training Marines on his increasingly extended wanderings on the Moors, Arlo has a plan.

Arlo has always felt guilty about breaking up the seemingly perfect marriage and there's nothing he'd like better than bringing his parents back together.

Set in the world of small scale folk clubs there will be songs from Grace - (Madeleine Worrall sings with THE GREEN HOUSE BAND)

John Retallack teaches at Ruskin College Oxford, was Associate Director at The Bristol Old Vic. He was formerly Director of Company of Angels (2001-2011) producing new, experimental, often international work for young audiences. He has written and directed a number of plays in recent years including Truant (National Theatre of Scotland, 2011), Apples (Northern Stage, 2010), A Bridge to the Stars (2007, National Theatre Connections), RISK (2007), Virgins (2006), Ballroom (2004), Sweetpeter (2004), Club Asylum (2002), The Wild Girl (2002), and Hannah and Hanna (2001). John was formerly Artistic Director of ATC (1978-85), Oldham Coliseum (1985-88) and of Oxford Stage Company (1989 - 1999) where his adaptation of Melvyn Burgess' Junk won the TMA Young People's Award in 1998.