A painfully comic excavation of a family history that asks if there is an authorised version of the past – or just the one we can live with.
Kate Bane returns home to her parents for a winter weekend to introduce her new boyfriend. As the snow falls, Kate finds herself searching with increasing desperation for the truth about her family’s past. Are her memories fact, or are they continually shifting acts of imagination?
Unable to pin down the truth, can she write a version of the family mythology that will ensure her own happiness?
Ella Hickson’s play The Authorised Kate Bane first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, in October 2012 in a production by Grid Iron Theatre Company. It then transferred to the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
‘Couples the uncertainty of Six Characters in Search of an Author with the soul-bearing family relevations of a minor Tennessee Williams play’
— The Guardian
‘Fascinating… an Escher-like playfulness in its examination of the nature of creation’
— The Stage
‘An amusing piece, well-crafted’
— The List