Family Business

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Oberon Books, Jun 21, 2012 - Drama - 72 pages

Retired entrepreneur William invites his four grown-up children to visit his beautiful converted barn in the Welsh Borders to celebrate his birthday. They all join with William’s carer Solomon to toast another year, but each of them has their own business in mind...

Warm, intelligent, witty and moving, Family Business is the world premiere production of Julian Mitchell’s new play, looking at the complex relationships that underpin family life.‘a very clever play, and a witty one as well...The succession of one-liners flows copiously’ 4 stars - What's On Stage

‘Julian Mitchell is part of a vanishing breed: the fastidious craftsman who knows how to explore ideas while generating suspense. It is clear that the play is, in part, a modern-day Lear... immensely watchable’ – The Guardian


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About the author (2012)

Over a fifty-year career, Julian Mitchell has written novels, plays for stage and television, and films. His novel The Undiscovered Country (1968) was reissued in 2010. His best known stage play is Another Country (1981, film 1984), and his most recent film was Wilde (1997). Among his many original television plays are Shadow in the Sun (Emmy 1971), Abide With Me (International Critics' Prize, Monte Carlo and US Humanities Award, 1977) and Consenting Adults (BBC/Lion TV, 2007), for which he won the Best Writing Award at the Scottish BAFTA Awards 2007. He first adapted The Good Soldier (published by Oberon Books) for television in 1980, and among many other adaptations have been The Weather in the Streets and Staying On. He also wrote ten episodes of Inspector Morse. He is also a local historian and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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