The Big Meal HighTide

From 5th February 2018
HighTide Festival 2014
A dark, challenging, brilliant family drama from Dan LeFranc
Financial Times

HighTide Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present the world premiere of The Big Meal by Dan LeFranc.

Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an exhilarating story that takes five generations of a modern family on a rollercoaster ride through life, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that whizzes through nearly eighty years, this is the extraordinary story of an ordinary family.

Deeply comic and genuinely touching, Dan LeFranc’s acclaimed drama is about love, marriage, raising children and the general onslaught of life, in which you turn around and find that youth has vanished and taken with it a lot of your dearest held assumptions about the way things would turn out.

The Big Meal premiered at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath on Thursday 6th March 2014 before transferring to the HighTide Festival. The Big Meal had its World Premiere on 7th February, 2011 at American Theater Company, Chicago IL (PJ Paparelli, Artistic Director) Playwrights Horizons, Inc., produced the New York City premiere of The Big Meal Off-Broadway in 2012.

Both the play and the production bring home, piercingly, how the blink-and-it's-gone nature of life should encourage us to value its preciousness while it lasts
The Independent