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Internationally Acclaimed Play at Sherman     

Internationally Acclaimed Play at Sherman An internationally acclaimed play in which one actor has not read a word of the script until they’re on stage will be at Sherman, Cardiff on 4 -5 June.

An Oak Tree is the story of two men who meet at a stage hypnotist’s show, and through a process of suggestion and performance, discover they have a linked past.

Writer Tim Crouch plays the hypnotist, and the second actor is played by a different actor at each performance – male or female. The second actor walks on stage having neither seen or read a word of the play they are in until they’re on stage.

An Oak Tree is the story of a father who loses his daughter to a car. The man who was driving that car is the hypnotist, plying his trade through the clubs and pubs of middle England. Since the accident he has lost his ability to make a convincing suggestion – his act is a disaster.

Handed the script once on stage, the second actor learns of the twists of the story at the same time as the audience creating a unique theatre experience for both actors and audience. Previous actors have included Mike Myers, Christopher Eccleston and Sophie Okenado.

An Oak Tree received a prestigious Herald Angel award when it premiered at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival at a sell out run at The Traverse Theatre, and was met with widespread critical acclaim. It has since toured the world and been translated into French, German and Portuguese. To date, over 250 actors have appeared in the production.

An Oak Tree is on at Sherman on 4 – 5 June 8pm. Tickets are £10, £8 and can be booked from Sherman Box Office on 029 2064 6900 or online at
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