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“I did not kill my father, but sometimes I felt I had helped him on his way. And but for the fact that it coincided with a landmark in my own physical growth, his death seemed insignificant compared with what followed. I am only including the little story of his death to explain how my sisters and I came to have such a large quantity of cement at our disposal.”

Cast and Creative

Director and Co-adaptor: David Aula
Co-adaptor: Jimmy Osborne

David Annen as Tom
Ruby Bentall as Julie
Georgia Clarke-Day as Sue
Victoria Gould as Mother
George MacKay as Jack
Christopher Webster as Derek

Design by Georgia de Grey
Lighting by Stuart Webb
Sound by Edward Lewis

Produced by Mat Burt for The Heritage Arts Company in association with FallOut Theatre.



Ian McEwan's
The Cement Garden

Adapted by David Aula and Jimmy Osborne

28th January - 8th March 2014
Tuesday to Saturday at 7pm
The Vault Festival, London


In the relentless summer heat, four children retreat into an isolated world left to them by their parents, and attempt to create their own version of a family. In Ian McEwan’s first novel, The Cement Garden explores coming of age, burgeoning sexuality and the distortions of a 14-year-old mind.

David Aula and Jimmy Osborne’s stage adaptation approaches the horror of the story through the innocent eyes of children, and encourages an audience to remember the games, irreverence, and shadows of their youth: to remember and reinvent their sense of invincibility.