Plays by Toby Wharton


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Fog is about two families: one white and dysfunctional, the other black and aspiring.

Fog and Lou were put into care as young children by their soldier father, Cannon, following the untimely death of their mother. Ten years later, Cannon returns, expecting to reassemble his family around him. But he feels a stranger in this 'new' England of broken promises. And nothing could prepare him for the damage that abandonment and an inadequate care system has wreaked on his kids. He desperately tries to repair what has been broken, but is it all too little too late?

Confronting important social themes with a clear-eyed lack of sentimentality, Fog looks at the care system and the effects on the children placed there. It explores the difficulties we face in trying to reconnect with people who have been absent throughout childhood, and the inadequacy of communication: words are used as loose sticking plasters to try and patch up and hide the exposed wounds of fractured relationships.

Toby Wharton is an English playwright and actor who trained at RADA. As an actor his credits include Shalom Baby (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Days of Significance (Royal Shakespeare Company), Ajax (Riverside Studios), Transient (Pleasance Edinburgh and Shunt Vaults Theatre), Home (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Six Days (Camden People's Theatre). His first play, Fog, cowritten with Tash Fairbanks, premiered at the Finborough Theatre in 2012.