The Dummy Tree

Tue 25th – Sat 29th Oct 2011


“Soundbite to be specified”

Illyria Productions


On the morning of his wedding day, seventeen-year-old Paul stands underneath a tree festooned with dummies, cigarette packets, old gin bottles and all the other things people want to give up. Next to the tree is a girl with a pushchair. She is trying to get her baby to let go of his dummy. Neither sees the other.

The time is “now”, the setting is “anywhere that ain’t posh”. Two separate stories are played out in the same space and begin to knit together musically, taking the audience from laughter to tears and back again.

As Paul struggles to make the biggest decision of his life, Nob, his best friend and best man frets that they will be late. The mother comforts her baby and Mingham – the chief, chav bridesmaid and wedding-planner supreme – finds the tree and tries to tempt Paul away.

Written by one of the country’s leading musical theatre composers, Conor Mitchell’s The Dummy Tree was commissioned by the National Theatre Connections and was workshopped by director Phyllida Lloyd with young people from Youth Music Theatre UK.

Admission: Free

Burton Taylor Studio (BT)

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