Jumpy

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Previewed 16 August 2012, Opened 28 August 2012, Closed 3 November 2012 at the Duke of York's Theatre in London

The Royal Court Theatre present April De Angelis' play Jumpy in London starring Tamsin Greig and directed by Nina Raine.

A mother, a wife, and fifty, Hilary once protested at Greenham. Now her protests tend to focus on persuading her teenage daughter to go out fully clothed. A frank and funny family drama questioning parental anxieties and life after fifty.

The cast for Jumpy in London at the Duke of York's Theatre features Tamsin Greig. This production is directed by Nina Raine with designs by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Paul Arditti. Tamsin Greig is reprising her role from the Royal Court Theatre where is production was originally stage from October to 19 November 2011. Please Note: Age guidance 14 plus.

"Writers of contemporary stage comedies have a problem: we are used to good TV sitcoms. So when you present two women bemoaning 50th birthdays, one single and desperate, one with a teenager and dull husband, then add a handsome divorcing neighbour - well, you see the trap. We mustn't feel as if we might as well stay home with a DVD. It has to be chokingly funny, or embrace surreal flashbacks, or deepen and darken into greater significance. So a bouquet to playwright April De Angelis, and to Nina Raine's deft direction. In Jumpy, they tick all three boxes, and express a female predicament without whining." The Times

"April De Angelis's piercingly funny, middle-class family drama is about growing old and growing up. First seen last year at the Royal Court, Jumpy now has a hugely deserved encore at the Duke of York's. Not only does it dare to mention the word menopause (Hilary's mutinous daughter, Tilly, calls it the 'mentalpause') but brings the jagged relationship between a menopausal mother and her teenage daughter into sharp focus... The play is far from perfect. Some of the scenes of broader comedy feel like set pieces... While the female characters are superbly drawn, the men are outlines, though it's impossible not to enjoy the boyfriend's randy, philandering flake of a dad, an actor who fancies himself rotten and imagines everyone else does too. Nina Raine's production gets punchy production gets away with it because you can't take your eyes off Greig, who doesn't merely strike a hundred nerves, but makes your heart bleed." The Mail on Sunday

Jumpy in London at the Duke of York's Theatre previewed from 16 August 2012, opened on 28 August 2012 and closed on 3 November 2012.