Following a critically acclaimed run on and off Broadway, Hand To God will open at London’s Vaudeville Theatre in early 2016. Hand To God will feature an all-star cast including Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Harry Melling, Jemima Rooper and Kevin Mains. This new play is directed by Tony Award nominated Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Tony Award nominated Playwright Robert Askins goes for the jugular in this hilarious and provocative semi-autobiographical story with:- One dead father, One messed up family, One girl who just wants to help, One school bully who always gets his own way, One man of the church offering comfort. And one Hand puppet called Tyrone who is completely out of control – Tyrone’s shocking, dangerous and taking no prisoners. Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us. Beneath Tyrone’s crude jokes and vulgarity, however, do we hear an element … Read more
Written by Robert Askins and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand To God plays like an obsidian black farce which turns on those stock elements of farce – violence, sex and religion. The extremity of those elements and their use here is what differentiates this from a run of the mill farce. Askins writes cruelly funny dialogue and the ludicrous situations that develop are undeniably hilarious. But his greatest skill lies in perception – this is a very serious work wrapped up in the glossy laughter of farce.