taking an age.
"Taylor’s script is eloquently natural; conversation flows with ease and friendly banter doesn’t feel structured of false. Impossible to pick a weak link... an exceptionally enjoyable watch. This company deserve an overflowing audience." - Scatter Of Opinion, ****
"Ethan Taylor is a mastermind. His writing never fails to be clever, intriguing, intellectually challenging and his plays far better than a lot of plays on West End... An emotional rolleroaster, Who Said Theatre's plays keep getting better and better." - Alex Kingston, The Reviewer,*****
“Because that's not how it works! For a new chapter to start you've got to end the previous one. You can't just pause life. We grow up.”
After the success of ‘The Old Friend’ Who Said Theatre are back with a brand new play written by Ethan Taylor. ‘Taking An Age’ follows the journey of six friends discovering what it is to grow up as they spend their final Summer together. On the verge of adulthood, some invite change freely into their lives, others resent the idea. How far will some go to hold onto an age?
Taking An Age ran at Waterloo East Theatre from 9th - 11th March.
Adam - Joe Parker
Izzi - Rebecca Marklynn
Paul - Simon Stallard
Katie - Hannah Morley
Josh - Lewis Clarke
Rose - Grace Stone
Director - Josh Bromley
Writer - Ethan Taylor
Sound & Lighting Design - Gregory Jordan
“And we danced, on the brink of an unknown future, to an echo from a vanished past.” – John Wyndham
Someone once asked me “at what age has someone grown up? When does one constitute as a ‘grown-up’?” I couldn’t answer her believing (rightly so) that she had already prepared the “correct” answer no matter what I was to say. She then proceeded to tell me of her grandfather who, at the tender age of nineteen, was placed in charge of a British WWI naval cruiser and had had to grow up pretty sharpish because of it. It got me thinking that, had I actually given her an answer, eighteen or nineteen would most likely have been it. At eighteen you have finished full-time education (for some it finished even earlier) and you are expected to either pursue further education or find full-time work. If further education is the chosen route, you face immediate debt for minimal contact hours and often no promise of employment at the end of it. To jump straight into work (or the search for it) is to tackle a climate of union-intolerance, zero-hour contracts and the peeling back of the state’s ability to offer financial security. Both of these routes come with the implied sub-clause of moving out and with that follows a perilous navigation of the country’s housing crisis and the subsequent rise in “dead-money” renting. It’s no naval cruiser but some can perhaps be forgiven for falling into the supposed haven of “kidulthood” (a term derived by the upper echelons to scapegoat the young and simultaneously divert attention from their own failings). Like I said, for this generation it’s no naval cruiser but it’s no walk in the park either.
Author of Taking An Age and Artistic Director of Who Said Theatre