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Late Company

Late Company

By Jordan Tannahill
Subjects: Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age - 15-18, Award Winners, LGBT/Queer Theatre, Death, Grief & Loss, LGBTQ, Family Life, Family
Casting: 2 f, 3 m
Duration: 75 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9781770918979, 120 pages, April 2018
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770918993, 120 pages, April 2018
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770918986, 120 pages, April 2018


One year after the suicide of their teenage son Joel, Debora and Michael Shaun-Hastings sit down to dinner with their son’s bully and his parents. Closure is on the menu, but accusations are the main course as everyone takes a turn in the hot seat for their real or imagined part in the tragedy. Blame shifts over the course of the evening from one person to the next, raising questions no one is prepared to answer.


“Harrowingly powerful . . . a superb play, which deals compassionately yet unflinchingly with grief’s desperate search for an answer to the question: Why?” —Tom Wicker, Time Out London

“This is theatre in its purest form: a cathartic cleansing. ” —Joe Vesey-Byrne, The Independent, UK

“A powerfully polarizing script. There is humour and heartbreak in equal parts. ” —Carly Maga, The Grid TO

“Tannahill’s subtle writing examines divergent approaches to parenthood without condemning anyone, as well as the challenges of childrearing in the 21st century. ”—Debbie Fein-Goldbach, NOW Magazine

“Tannahill’s writing fizzes with authenticity. His arrow sharp dialogue is by turns comic and excruciating. ” —Claire Allfree, The Telegraph