by Lyle Kessler - January, 2016.
Two grown orphan brothers live in an old dilapidated row house in North Philadelphia—deserted in childhood by an unfaithful father and by the death of their mother.
Older brother Treat (James Oates), brutal and violent, provides for his younger brother Phillip (Daniel Bradford) by being a petty thief.
With the love and protectiveness of an older brother and an orphan's fear of abandonment, Treat takes away Phillip's chances to grow up, depriving him of knowledge and forcing him to live in a world of illiteracy and innocence: relegating him to their lost childhood.
One night, Treat kidnaps and ties up a Chicago gangster named Harold (Shaun Hennessy). Harold, an orphan himself, with the prowess of an escape artist, loosens the ties that bind him, turns the tables around, and with gun in hand, puts himself into the role of teacher, healer and surrogate parent.
Orphans is supported by Arts Council England.
We recommend early ticket purchase for this production.
January 2016 -
13th, 14th, 15th, 16th
20th., 21st, 22nd, 23d
Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester.
This production of "Orphans" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Limited.
Photography by George Hill Photography
Director - Alyx Tole
Assistant Director - Amy Liptrott
Producer - Hannah Ellis-Ryan
Stage Manager - Sarah Greenwood
Head Designer - Irene Jade
Assistant Stage Manager - Ciara Tansey
Sound Designer - Laura Bowler
Lighting Designer - Adam Murdoch
Graphic Designer - Chris Ball
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Staged at Hope Mill Theatre, January 2016
All images credited to George Hill Photography.