Synopsis

The Cement Garden

The Cement Garden $14.99

David Aula & Jimmy Osborne from Ian McEwan

Published by Methuen

3 Male 3 Female

This stage adaptation of Ian McEwan's first novel explores coming of age, burgeoning sexuality and the distortions of a 14-year-old mind

"I did not kill my father, but sometimes I felt I had helped him on his way. And but for the fact that it coincided with a landmark in my own physical growth, his death seemed insignificant compared with what followed. I am only including the little story of his death to explain how my sisters and I came to have such a large quantity of cement at our disposal"

In the relentless summer heat, four children retreat into an isolated world left to them by their parents, and attempt to create their own version of a family

David Aula and Jimmy Osborne's stage adaptation approaches the horror of the story through the innocent eyes of children, and encourages an audience to remember the games, irreverence, and shadows of their youth - to remember and re-invent their sense of invincibility

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