19:30, Fri 3rd – Sun 5th November 2023 at Robinson College Auditorium
Michaelmas Week 4 to Week 5
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Dripping with sarcasm, emotional tension, and uncertainty, Tusk Tusk powerfully explores the familial fractures within a seemingly innocuous London flat, where three children, eagerly awaiting a phone call, are playing hide and seek- in more ways than one.
Stenham’s second play, premiering at the Royal Court in 2009 and never before performed in Cambridge, powerfully explores the complexities, dysfunctionality and emotional entanglements of one family missing their mother. Boredom and playful sibling banter quickly transform into frightening emotional outbursts, violence, and a lingering sense that the lives of these children, “ricocheting between prematurely adult self-awareness and childlike neediness” (𝘝𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺), are irreparably disturbed. A twisted domestic drama with a shocking twist, Stenham’s play is one of loyalty, uncertainty, and familial fracturing.