An Oak Tree Introduction

Ten years after it first appeared, Tim Crouch's wonderful An Oak Tree is being revived and performed at the National Theatre in its Temporary Theatre (I have no idea why they're no longer allowed to call it The Shed). It's looking all sorts of lovely. Oberon have republished the play with a few additions and emendations and - surely most thrilling of all - a new introduction by me. The intro talks about why Tim Crouch and his collaborators make experimental theatre that is actually just like ordinary theatre only more so. I try to suggest that the text only adds to the interest of the theatrical experience and suggests that it's a show that reminds us that language, theatre, and our sense of common humanity are things that rely on our shared imaginative belief.

It's available from all the usual stockists.