“This is theatre in its purest form: a cathartic cleansing.” —Joe Vesey-Byrne, The Independent, UK
“Tannahill’s writing fizzes with authenticity. His arrow sharp dialogue is by turns comic and excruciating.” —Claire Allfree, The Telegraph
“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
“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
Hot off a run in London’s West End, and described by Torontoist as a “searing, unforgettable drama,” Late Company uncovers layers of parental and political hypocrisy at a suburban dinner party where grief is the loudest guest.
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.