‘Imagine being him. Every day you wake up. You’re tired. Your body doesn’t work properly… You said it – you’d kill yourself.’
Two teenagers sneak into an old man’s home for a secret meeting. A young couple try to build their future whilst looking after an ailing parent. A care home offers its residents the opportunity to unburden their children.
James Fritz’s play The Fall takes a funny, moving and candid look at young people’s relationships to older people, confronting the frightening prospect of ageing in a country undergoing crises of housing and care.
It was commissioned and premiered by the National Youth Theatre at the Finborough Theatre, London, in 2016, and revived at Southwark Playhouse in 2018.
James Fritz’s other plays include Parliament Square, Comment is Free, Start Swimming, Ross & Rachel and Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (runner-up for the Verity Bargate Award 2013, and nominated for the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre).