Barbara-Jenny Walshe

The Farm at Southwark Playhouse

The struggle of a family to come to terms with the changing face of farming post foot and mouth is at the core of this play.

The story looks at how three generations' battle with the reality that farming alone can no longer provide a living. Bitterness and disappointment replace the fond and often hilarious memories of Grandfather Brian McDermott and father John Peters, while son William Bateman takes menial work at a local supermarket, to his father's disgust.

Though the accents were questionable at times, The Farm is both entertaining and heart rending. However, it was Maggie Tagney's gripping performance as the weary but stoic mother who fights to keep her family together as the farm falls apart which really shone from beginning to end.

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