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Oh, The Humanity & other good intentions

Oh, The Humanity & other good intentions

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FRI 9 - SAT 24 SEP, 7.30PM
Post-show talk: TUE 13 SEP

A Northern Stage production  

Five short plays about perfectly imperfect people.

What does humanity mean to you?  Penned by New York playwright Will Eno and set on the American East Coast, this sharp and witty collection of stripped back vignettes examines just how people see themselves in our constantly recorded world, how gloriously inappropriate our innermost thoughts and feelings can be, and how funny, tragic and strangely life-affirming the truth can be when we let it slip out.

Meet the football coach whose life is in freefall; or the airline rep pointlessly reassuring relatives after a disaster, two hopelessly honest people looking for love online and the photographer, and his assistant, waiting to take a picture of us, the audience.

"Oh, The Humanity and other Good Intentions are funny, warm and searching descriptions of ordinary people in extraordinary, almost impossible situations." Director Erica Whyman

"Erica Whyman's brilliantly acted production is pitch perfect" 
* * * * The Guardian

"wry, witty and fiercely intelligent"
The Journal on Will Eno

"It was easy to tell from the reaction of the audience just how many people related to the stories being told"
The Chronicle

"entertaining and thought provoking"
What's on Stage

"impeccable performances from all three actors"
British Theatre Guide

You might like it if you like: Being John Malkovich, I Heart Huckabees, Sideways

Cast: Tony Bell, John Kirk and Lucy Ellinson

Recommended 12+

Festival of Humanity

Surrounding the production is a series of events celebrating the beautiful contradictions of life as a human being.  Whatever you think the word humanity means, you'll find something here to make you laugh, cry or change your mind.

Click here to find out about all the events.


Tickets: £22, £20, £16 and £12.50
Concessions available

Students / under 21s £10
2 for 1 First Night

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A series of events looking at what humanity means in the 21st century.

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Creative Team

Oh, The Humanity & Other Good Intentions
by Will Eno
Directed by Erica Whyman
Designed by Andrew Stephenson
Lighting Design by Kevin Tweedy

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