An intimate and absurd, one-person exploration of motherhood, exile and transformation. Part storytelling, part standup, part myth, it asks the question: How does an urban Canadian raising children in rural Kent, England with declining parents back home, learn the codes of survival?
As World War II breaks out, Josephine and Peter leave their mother and set out on a journey that will change everything. Sent deep into the countryside, it soon becomes clear that not all is what it seems…
Nearly Lear is Edith Tankus' directorial debut. She co-wrote it with one of Canada's finest theatrical performers, Susanna Hamnett. Together they created an emotional roller-coaster ride that has entranced both lovers of Shakespeare as well as newcomers to the Bard from Vancouver Island to Aberdeen, and from Broadway to the Sydney Opera House.
“What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King’s closest companion?”
Award-winning theatre artist and clown Edith Tankus has charmed audiences across North America with her superbly comic performances as “Hurricane Gerty”