The Dummy Tree (2010) Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden
Tue 24 Aug 2010 to Sat 4 Sep 2010
A young man, on the day of his wedding, stands under a dummy tree festooned with dummies, cigarette packets, old gin bottles and all the other things that people want to give up. He agonises over the biggest decision of his life. The wedding guests wait. Next to the tree sits a young girl with her baby in a pram. She writes a letter. She too struggles to make a decision which will affect her and her child for years to come.
The Dummy Tree is a powerful and ultimately uplifting story about the many problems that affect young people and young parents. A young girl has to decide whether to give up her new born baby for adoption. A young man has to decide whether he can accept the responsibilities of married life before he has come to understand his own past. The two are closer than they think…
Written by one the country’s leading musical theatre composers, The Dummy Tree was commissioned by the National Theatre, Connections and was workshopped by director Phyllida Lloyd with young people from Youth Music Theatre UK . It is now presented in a new production by Youth Music Theatre UK, the country’s leading musical theatre company for young people.