In Eldon, Iowa, a tiny community in the American heartland with a high concentration of sex offenders, the deputy sheriff (Fiennes) must enforce a new law banning them from living within 2,000 feet of anywhere children may gather. When the deputy has to evict his neighbour’s son AG, the new law hits home.
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Well known internationally for his screen successes in the likes of Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth, Enemy at the Gate and The Merchant of Venice, Joseph Fiennes was last on stage in the 2005 West End revival of John Osborne’s Epitaph for George Dillon. Fiennes is joined in the cast by Ian Hart as AG and Phyllis Logan as AG’s mother, as well as Roger Sloman, Kirsty Bushell and Kevin Trainor in multiple parts and, alternating in the three children’s roles, Oliver Coopersmith, Joe Ashman, Charlotte Beaumont, Miranda Princi and Charlie Coopersmith.
The production, which marks the UK debut for Australian-British playwright Anthony Weigh, is directed by Bush artistic director Josie Rourke and designed by Lucy Osborne. For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the post-show party at the Bush Bar & Grill along with the company, director and playwright.
-by Terri Paddock