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An Oak Tree  

An Oak Tree $19.95 ex GST
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Since your daughter's death I've not been much of a hypnotist.

A man loses his daughter to a car. Nothing now is what it is. It's like he's in a play—but he doesn't know the words or the moves. The man who was driving the car is a stage hypnotist. Since the accident he's lost the power of suggestion. His act's a disaster. For him, everything now is exactly what it is. For the first time since the accident, these two men meet. They meet when the father volunteers for the Hypnotist's act. And, this time, he really doesn't know the words or the moves ...

An Oak Tree is a remarkable play for two actors. The father, however, is played by a different actor—male or female—at each performance. They walk on stage having neither seen nor read a word of the play they're in... until they're in it. This is a breath-taking projection of a performance, given from one actor to another, from a hypnotist to their subject, from an audience to a person. An Oak Tree is a bold and absurdly comic play about loss, suggestion and the power of the mind.

Crouch's brilliant, wayward show...has an incredible emotional pungency -  The Guardian

Cast : 2M or 1M, 1F

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-603-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


TIM CROUCH’s first play, My Arm, opened at the Traverse Theatre in 2003. It has run in London and New York and continues to tour internationally. An Oak Tree opened at the Traverse Theatre in 2005 and won an OBIE for it’s Off-Broadway run in 2007. It requires a second different actor each time it is performed. ENGLAND, a play written to be performed in art galleries, was commissioned by the Traverse Theatre and won a Fringe First, a Total Theatre Award and a Herald Archangel in 2007. The Author was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre, won a Total Theatre award and shared the John Whiting Award in 2010 and has toured in Europe and the US. Crouch has written a body of work for young audiences including Shopping For Shoes (Brian Way Award, 2007) and a collection of works inspired by Shakespeare's minor characters, published by Oberon as I, Shakespeare.

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