By Dennis Kelly
Easter Week 7
This is Helen’s new world: a spotless living room/diner, a bread-winning husband, Danny, and a beautiful little child, Sean. It is Danny and Helen’s first romantic night in since Sean was born and they have important news to discuss – excitement is in the air. But this veneer is thin – easily broken by the loud slam of the hall door, the turning of the living room door handle and the unwanted arrival of Liam, Helen’s brother. Silence welcomes him. And the questioning starts. Is that blood Liam? Has there been an accident?
Orphans is about impossible choices – the three characters are confined to a small room while the weight of the past, of isolation and of love pins them down. What are their priorities? Can they hold their family together through horror? Will they choose to be a monster for love? And when is one more lie a lie too many?