The Wellspring, a new play from award-winning playwright Barney Norris (The Remains of the Day) and internationally acclaimed pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris, comes to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Tue 31 May to Wed 1 Jun.
The Wellspring examines that age-old story of a boy and his dad, and how they can relate to one another, in every sense of the word. Their performances will be accompanied by both folk and classical music performed by David and Barney, creating a scrapbook-style collage of the pair’s lives together. This timely and intimate work takes us inside the complex and shifting dynamic between father and son.
The Wellspring explores family histories and the way they shape us. Barney Norris’ parents divorced when he was six and, growing up, he lived with his mother. The absent father is a vein running through Norris’ work, but now father and son will share a stage in a piece Norris describes as a memory play. It touches on the wellspring of creativity and family legacy as palimpsest in which different generations are iterations of continuous experience.
Barney Norris: ‘When we sat down to workshop it, we realised my dad was exactly twice my age. We were quite struck by this lovely coincidence. It made us realise that there was a structure where if he was to start in 1953 and go forwards, and I started in 2019 and worked backwards, we would meet in West Sussex in 1987 when I was born, and it would be a pleasing way of exploring how one life gave way to another. Both of us are telling edited versions of our lives and as I tell mine backwards, I’m really the Ginger Rogers in the partnership. If I did it in high heels maybe it would be better.’
‘A rare duet, in which father and son rediscover a whole world through the redeeming power of art.’
For more information and to book tickets, visit: Yvonne-Arnaud.co.uk. Alternatively, contact the Box Office on 01483 44 00 00 (Mon-Fri, 10am to 5pm)