‘The Hills of California by Jez Butterworth’

01/07/2024 // by Jan Moran Neil

‘The Hills of California by Jez Butterworth …’
at the Harold Pinter Theatre was just brilliant. I did have to buy a copy of the play to read as some of the performance was inaudible and unseeable due to high-piled hairstyles. Set in both the fifties and the seventies, it focuses on four sisters who discuss their dysfunctional upbringing as their misguided but well-meaning mother is dying in one of the rooms above. We swivel back to the fifties when their childhood selves, moulded by their mother on the Andrews’ sisters, sing away distress. I came away challenging Tolstoy’s ‘unhappy families are unhappy in their own way’ as families tend to run on similar track lines. It’s why Butterworth’s play resonates with the herd.
I’m running the ‘Get That Book Out of You’ workshop at mine this Saturday from 10.00 am until 3.30pm and have spaces. £53.90 to include lunch. Contact me if you get this and are interested.
Here are the links to my novels and audios on Amazon – narrated by myself.
Blackberry Promises – set in the fifties, a back street stabbing changes the lives of five young people forever.
Shakespeare’s Clock – a school bully re-enters in mid-life. The abuse of power.
Red Lipstick and Revelations – a poetry collection – Amazon number one in Loss and Grief poetry and Love Poetry for three hours, one September day in 2023.

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