In the final show at Theatre N16’s Balham home at the Bedford pub, Tim Crowther’s first full-length play about dealing with grief, ‘tis unmanly grief, looks into the big messages of how men don’t speak about their emotions and the important role women play in the world.
Everyone deals with grief differently, but when Tom returns home with the corpse of his father, denial takes on a whole new meaning. As the body decomposes and Tom retreats further from reality, Katie conceals her recent news of pregnancy and embarks on her first trimester alone.
Tim Crowther originally trained as an actor at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (Oct ’97 – July ’00). As an actor, Tim also worked extensively at RADA (as actor/ collaborator) on various rehearsed readings of new writing projects. His time at RADA has not only informed his writing but also his collaborative approach in the rehearsal room – he recognizes the importance of all creative voices when gearing up to a production. In 2010, Tim took time out from the acting to train as a teacher at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Sept ’10 – July ’11). His first job on leaving RCSSD was teaching Theatre at The BRIT School (Sept ’11 – July 15),
Following his stint as Theatre Teacher, he returned back to training, attending Goldsmiths University (Oct ’15 – Jul ’16), where he completed a one-year full time MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy. It was here that, whilst building his portfolio of writing, that ‘tis unmanly grief was conceived. This will be Tim’s first professionally staged full-length play, but it follows a number of staged extracts including: an excerpt taken from ‘tis unmanly grief – staged as part of Pint Sized at the Bunker Theatre towards the end of 2016; Assisted (a monologue), was staged as part of Nothing to Declare and Playground Antics (a short piece) was staged as part of a charity evening in support of Contact-a-Family, at Slam Kings Cross.
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