The Distance

The Distance $14.99

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Deborah Bruce

Published by Nick Hern Books

4 Male 3 Female

Finalist 2012-13 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

A painfully funny play about motherhood (and fatherhood), about keeping control, and about letting go

Good friends should be there for one another

No matter what

But when Bea returns home after five years abroad, having made a bold choice about her life, old friends struggle to support her, or even to understand

And one night in Brighton, things threaten to slide into chaos ...


"An illuminating journey about the power of female friendship, the nature of nurture and the often messy challenges of modern parenting that's both heart-rending and hilariously funny ... Bruce's superbly drawn characters and intelligent, unsentimental and often wickedly comic dialogue seems fresh from start to unsettling finish ... Quite breathtaking ~ The Stage

"Deborah Bruce's lively, funny play is very good at exploring the mixed emotions that result from a major domestic upheaval and at analysing the clamorous demands of female friendship" ~ Guardian

"A breezy middle-class comedy - with proper jokes and everything - The Distance is also shot through with big emotions, moral dilemmas and, best of all, quiet truths" ~ Time Out

"An expertly blended mix of drama, wit, intelligence and sharp, fast-paced dialogue" ~ A Younger Theatre

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