Soho Theatre presents

Boys on the Verge of Tears

by Sam Grabiner. Directed by James Macdonald. Thu 11 Apr – Sat 18 May 100 minutes
The world premiere of the Verity Bargate Award winning play.

A father waits for his son. Kids hang around skipping school. Fights break out after nights of drinking. Featuring five actors in fifty roles Boys on the Verge of Tears is a bold, kaleidoscopic tale of violence and vulnerability, set entirely in the confines of a men’s public toilet.

Wild, thrilling, brutally honest and beautifully tender. This is a truly extraordinary new play.
Lucy Kirkwood

Written by Sam Grabiner, the 2022 winner of Soho Theatre’s acclaimed Verity Bargate Award, Boys on the Verge of Tears is a ‘brutal, tender’ exploration of what it is to be a man and is directed by James Macdonald, whose highly acclaimed productions include premieres by Caryl Churchill, Annie Baker and Sarah Kane.

A fearless, funny, heart-stopping play about being a boy and becoming a man
April De Angelis

Boys on the Verge of Tears was selected from 1,500 entries to the Verity Bargate Award, sponsored by Character 7. The award’s main prize is a fully staged production at Soho Theatre. The judging panel included industry experts James Graham (Dear England; The Crown), April de Angelis (Jumpy, Royal Court; West End), and BAFTA-nominated Theresa Ikoko (Girls, HighTide & Soho Theatre). Previous panellists have included Phoebe Waller Bridge, Laura Wade and Russell T Davies.

 

 

Captioned performance: Wed 1 May, 7.15pm

Cast

Matthew Beard

David Carlyle

Calvin Demba

Tom Espiner

Maanuv Thiara

Creative Team

Sam Grabiner

Writer

James Macdonald

Director

Ashley Martin-Davis

Set & Costume Design

Peter Mumford

Lighting Designer

Ian Dickinson

Sound Designer

Zoë Thomas-Webb

Costume Supervisor

Alex Kampfner

Assistant Director

Claire Gerrens

Lighting Associate

Enric Ortuño

Intimacy and Fight Co-ordinator

Amy Ball CDG

Casting Director

Tom Nickson

Production Manager

Eve Allin

Associate Producer

Meet the writer and director

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