An unlikely quartet of characters play at happy families for one hot summer, but ravenous need impinges on the make believe, and cracks start to show.
Linden’s parents have abandoned him to the care of his grandfather, Roper. Janie’s parents abandoned her entirely, and she runs like a feral child in the woods, living in a tent and so longing for love that she wants to ‘eat people up.’
Then, like Hansel and Gretel, teacher Josefa, who is in mourning for the children she is unlikely to bear, takes in Linden and Janie.
For one hot summer, this unlikely quartet plays at happy families. But ravenous need impinges on the make believe, and the cracks start to show.
The Cracks in my Skin was first published in 2008 and won a Bruntwood prize for playwriting when it was premiered in the Studio theatre of The Royal Exchange.
Phil Porter, from Manchester, wrote a lot for The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
Please note that the dates on the poster associated with this event do not relate to the show in the Granary, but a previous performance by the same company.