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Proof (2015)
Written by David Auburn
Sat 31st January to Sat 7th February
Because we don't have a choice about what we inherit...
Director – Anne-marie Greene
Assistant Director – Jordan Jackson
Production Photos
Catherine – Lucy Hayton
Robert – Graham Underhill
Claire – Jo Higbee
Stage Manager – Stella Gabriel
Lighting Design – Paul Harrison
Set Design – Simon Sharpe
Sound Design – Paul Forey
Wardrobe – Gennie Holmes
Props – Sara Farmanfarmai
Prompt – Maggie Parkes
Wardrobe – Debra Relton-Elves
Set Paint – Judy Talbot
Set Build – Terry Cornwall
Set Build – Kevin Woods
Set Build – Pete Meredith
Set Build – Terry Rahilly
Set Build – Lisa Cornwall
Set Build – Jess Cornwall
Lighting Team – Karl Stafford
Set Build – Lukasz Nowacki
Set Build – Lucy Hayton
Set Build – James Hamilton-Harding
Lighting Team – Alan Fenn
Set Paint – Doreen Belton
Set Paint – Pam Coleman
Lighting Team – Simon Sharpe
Sound Team – Dave Cornish
Set Build – Christopher Hernon
Programme Design – Steph Stradling
The Programme
Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, Robert. But when he dies she has more than just grief to deal with: there's her estranged sister, Claire, and Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that Robert left behind. And a further problem: how much of her father's madness or genius will Catherine inherit? In Proof, David Auburn has fashioned an exhilarating and assured play -a subtle and gripping exploration of loss, guilt, discovery, instability, and, ultimately, the elusive nature of truth. Gwyneth Paltrow starred in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play and also in the subsequent film with Anthony Hopkins.
Mathematical precision of director and cast


Criterion Theatre, Earlsdon, Coventry, until Saturday. Running time 2 hours 10 minutes.

An atmospheric play set on a porch in Chicago confirms the Criterion continues at its half-century peak in this thoughtful drama about relationships ... and mathematics.
The four-strong cast, directed by Anne-marie Greene, were largely newcomers with the exception of the brilliant Lucy Hayton who plays Catherine with such tender vulnerability.
I loved her American accent, particularly prominent in her laconic "yas" responses to so many questions, as she comes to terms with the loaded dice life has thrown at her.
And it was good to see Graham Underhill in his role as the half-mad mathematics professor who knows that most of the great breakthroughs tend to come early in life. Which means his best work is behind him. Or is it?
Alexander Mushore (Hal) was perfectly convincing as the eager young Phd student with the power to save the situation, and Catherine, if only he believes her, if only she can trust him.
While Jo Higbee (Claire) exhibits care and brittleness of Tennessee Williams' proportions as she tries to understand her disturbed younger sister, and uncover the proof of her true state of mind.
The accents are believeable, the tension is palpable and all the time the action is heightened by a subtly changing soundtrack of songs from Kate Bush, Kings of Leon, Gorillaz, Eels, plus some original music by Paul Forey.
This contemporary play by David Auburn does have a Glass Menagerie feel about it though it's far from a tragedy - much more of a triumph for all involved.
Barbara Goulden

Rating: 9.
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