By Michel Marc Bouchard
“The attention to detail throughout each scene gives the production an intelligent and engaging quality”
“Tom at the Farm executes well on all fronts; acting, plot, strong characters, writing – all while tackling big issues at the same time”
“A compellingly dark spectacle”
All Edinburgh Theatre
On a remote dairy farm in the backwaters of Canada, Tom becomes a pawn in a family’s dangerous, grief-fuelled journey towards self-destruction.
When urban ad-executive Tom travels to the country for his lover’s funeral, he discovers that not only does the family waiting for him have no idea he exists, they did not know that their beloved son was gay. Threatened by his volatile brother Francis to keep quiet about the true nature of their relationship, and lost in a haze of grief, Tom falls further and further into an elaborate web of lies, until, like an ancient tragedy, he must confront the dark past that drove the love of his life to an early grave.
Wound together with all the psychosexual thrills of a lost Hitchcock classic, Tom at the Farm offers a searing look at the legacy of homophobia and the cycle of violence left in its way. From award-winning Quebecois playwright Michel Marc Bouchard comes a gut-punch of a play, blending biting humour and stark honesty to lay bare the devastation of losing someone that once formed a part of who you are.
Creative Team & Cast
Writer Michel Marc Bouchard
Director Joe Christie
Set Designer Iona Tangri
Costume Designer Laura Hounsell
Sound Designer Huw Jones
Lighting Designer Elissa Webb
Stage Manager Sophie Smith
Set Manager Matthew Marsland
Technical Manager Ali Al Hamadani
Assistant Stage Manager Sara Harvey
Producer Grace Dickson
Cast Tilly Botsford, Yann Davies, Peter Morrison, Kathryn Salmond
Photography Mihaela Bodlovic