“A freshness and verve that’s hugely impressive” —Telegraph
“Riveting... Keatley accurately pins down the tensions within family life and records a moment of social transition.” —Guardian
“Outstanding” —The Times
“Meaty family drama... perceptive and funny... a humane, deliberately old-fashioned play” —Evening Standard
A moving, poignant and funny family drama that sees the weight of family history, of reputation, and of expectation, all descend on one family over Easter weekend in 1997. All three generations of the Pennington family have gathered on William's 75th birthday, hoping to put the past behind them. But time is running out, especially for William.
The Gathered Leaves premiered at Park Theatre, London, in July 2015.
Andrew Keatley trained as an actor at Webber Douglas. His first play Colourings was produced at the Old Red Lion, Islington, for which he was chosen as one of Time Out’s “Tips For The Top” in their annual culture review. Other plays include Go To Your God Like A Soldier (Old Vic Tunnels and Underbelly, Edinburgh) and Alligators – which was written on attachment at the Royal Court Theatre. His first feature film, For Grace, was filmed in 2015.