DOI: 10.5040/9781784604714.00000003
Scenes: 6. Roles: Male (2) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Chloë Moss's The Gatekeeper is a darkly comic play about the disintegration of a family get-together. It was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, on 8 February 2012.

The play is set in a holiday cottage in the English Lake District. 35-year-old business woman Stacey celebrates her birthday by hiring the cottage where she and her family used to holiday when she was a child. She thinks it's just going to be her and her mum and dad, Julia and Mike, but there are surprise guests: her brother Rob (age 38), a drifter apparently recently returned from Thailand, and his new girlfriend Angela, who was Stacey's teenage friend. The family's attempts to keep up appearances soon fall by the wayside as secrets are revealed.

The premiere production was directed by Tessa Walker and designed by Chloe Lamford. It was performed by Helen Carter (as Angela), Kate Coogan (as Stacey), Tricia Kelly (as Julia), Nick Moss (as Rob) and Ian Redford (as Mike).

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Nick Hern Books

Chloë Moss

ISBN: 9781848422605

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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