Until 13 Jan
A success in New York a little earlier this year, this is the latest from American playwright Annie Baker, who has a home on the Southbank with The Flick, John (how could you ever forget those creepy dolls?) and The Antipodes. Baker’s hypernaturalism may take a little getting used to, but allow yourself to sink into its rhythm, and you will likely be riveted. Written prior to the pandemic but likely to be viewed through its prism, Baker’s play—directed by James Macdonald—is about a group of women staying in a California wellness retreat where they try to address their chronic pain. Likely to be agonising, but in a good way.
A minute of this is an infinity Five women in Northern California lie outside on chaise longues and philosophise. Annie Baker’s (The Flick, The Antipodes) new play is a surprisingly funny inquiry into the complexity of suffering, and what it means to desire in a body that’s failing you.