DOI: 10.5040/9781408169445.00000003
Acts: 2. Scenes: 13. Roles: Male (5) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

Guiding Star is a funny and powerfully authentic portrait of a Liverpudlian family. At its centre is Terry and his unapproachable silence; he and his sons, Laurence and Liam, were at the Hillsborough disaster, in which nearly a hundred people were killed in a crush during an FA Cup semi-final.

All three survived, but nine years later he is still struggling to cope with what he saw. His wife Carol can’t bear how remote he has become, and their marriage is suffering. Next door, Marni and her husband Charlie have a son in hospital with cystic fibrosis. For some, life goes on: the quiet tragedy is lifted by the comic sparring between Laurence and his Ricki Lake-loving girlfriend. Terry’s younger son Liam is also looking for a relationship, though his dad might not be pleased about where he’s looking. Harvey’s vigorous dialogue creates a family that is sharp and loving and angry, and impeccably observed.

Guiding Star was first performed at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, in 1998.

From Harvey Plays: 2


Bloomsbury Publishing

Jonathan Harvey

ISBN: 9780413771988

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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