Posted on 11 October 2019.

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Written by Alexandra Wood
Directed by Abigail Graham
13 December 2019 – 18 January 2020

Got here last? This isn’t summer camp, I didn’t get here late, I wasn’t born.

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Alexandra Wood’s The Tyler Sisters. Directed by Abigail Graham, this innovative new play explores the deep and unruly waters of sisterhood. Fake sick days, Stonehenge, roller skates, champagne and glow-in-the-dark stars. 

Three women, forty years, one ever-evolving bond. The Tyler Sisters is a funny, heartening exploration of time, and the unassuming moments that make up our lives. The Tyler Sisters is inspired by Nicholas Nixon’s iconic photo series of The Brown Sisters.

Alexandra Wood’s plays include Never Vera Blue (Futures Theatre); The Human Ear (Paines Plough); Ages (Old Vic New Voices); A translation of Manfred Karge’s Man to Man (Wales Millennium Centre and Edinburgh Fringe); Merit (Plymouth Drum); The Initiate (Paines Plough - winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead Downstairs); An adaptation of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans (Young Vic/ART); The Centre (Islington Community Theatre); Unbroken (Gate); The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court) and the radio play Twelve Years (BBC Radio 4). Short plays include Invitation Interrupted (Donmar/Fly the Flag); The Driving Rage (Paines Plough/National Trust); Pope’s Grotto (Paines Plough/Come to Where I’m From) and My Name Is Tania Head (part of Decade/Headlong). Alexandra Wood is a winner of the George Devine Award and was playwright-in-residence at Paines Plough in 2013.

Abigail Graham is a freelance theatre director. From 2013-2017 she was Artistic Director of OpenWorks Theatre. She is the Director of the Lyric Hammersmith Ensemble 2019/2020. Theatre work as a Director includes Linda (RADA); 31 Hours (The Bunker); Dogville (Rose Bruford); Death of a Salesman (Royal and Derngate/UK tour); And Now: The World! (OpenWorks, UK tour); Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh); Debris (OpenWorks, Southwark Playhouse); Molly Sweeney (Print Room/Lyric Belfast/Northern Ireland tour); Blue Heaven (Finborough) and The Boy and The Dog Who Walked to the Moon (Pleasance, Edinburgh). Theatre work as an Associate Director includes Great Expectations (Bristol Old Vic); Death and the Maiden (West End); Ruined (Almeida); The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic); Enron; Wallenstein and Separate Tables (all Chichester Festival Theatre). Abigail has also directed community and education projects for The Young Vic, the National Youth Theatre, Clean Break and the Almeida.

Further casting for The Tyler Sisters will be announced in due course.

Priority booking is now open for The Tyler Sisters. Public booking opens at 10.30am on Monday 14 October.


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