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All My Sons

A powerful drama such as All My Sons requires a balanced command of the script combined with the ability to steadily raise the bar to emotional heights that belie the calm countenance of American surburbia at the start of the play.

The Watermill’s skilled cast put in beautifully crafted performances. Adam Burton is outstanding as Chris Keller whose devastation at his father’s guilt is played out with highly charged emotion and complete submersion in the character. Jessica Turner gives a superb portrayal of Kate Keller, a mother who is desperate to believe her missing in action son is alive.

Michael Thomas is the main protagonist, Joe Keller, whose past returns to haunt him with shocking results. Thomas Padden embodies hostility as George Deever and Siobhan O’Kelly subtlely combines the genteel air of the bright, young Ann Deever with her character’s ability to bear catalytic news, moving the plot to its inevitable conclusion.

Underlying tensions rise and highly charged emotions are peppered with diverting appearances from Neil Ditt as Frank Lubey and Lizzie Lewis as his wife Lydia together with Paul Brendan and Pascale Burgess as Dr Jim and Sue Bayliss, who bring neighbourhood normalcy to the rising conflict in the Keller household.

The technical team, superbly headed by director Douglas Rintoul, excels on Hayley Grindle’s set with Joshua Carr’s lighting together emphasising both the resilience and fragility of the situation.

Julie Watterston