Character:

Tilden

Playwright: 
Sam Shepard

Director: 
Matthew Warchus

Venue: 
National Theatre, Lyttelton Stage

Additional Cast:
Lauren Ambrose, Elizabeth Franz, M. Emmet Walsh, Sam Troughton, Sean Murray, John Rogan

Status:
Completed play. Previews from 18 September 2004, opened 29 September 2004, closed 15 December 2004.

"Buried Child"

By Alan Bird/ London Theatre


Alienation seems the only adequate word to describe Sam Shepard’s work. In ‘Buried Child’ his characters are condemned by their past to live a life without hope- their dismal future only existing as a place to conceal what has gone before...

"Thrills, chills and comedy"

By The Telegraph


Brendan Coyle is deeply touching as the bewildered giant that is Tilden...

When Vince brings his girlfriend, Shelly, home to meet his family, she is at first charmed by the "normal" looking farm house which she compares to a "Norman Rockwell cover or something"--that's before she actually meets his crazy family--his ranting, alcoholic grandparents and their two sons: Tilden, a hulking semi-idiot, and Bradley, who has lost one leg to a chain saw.


Strangely, no one seems to remember Vince at first, and they treat him as an intruder. Eventually, however, they seem to accept him as a part of their violently dysfunctional family.  Gradually, the family's dark secret begins to come clear.


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"Buried Child"

By Lizzie Loveridge/ Curtain Up


Brendan Coyle's gentle Tilden is wonderfully silent...

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