Adult Supervision

Adult Supervision had a sell-out run at Park Theatre from 8 October to 3 November 2013, following a staged reading (under the title Tonight Is Your Answer) in the Angelic Tales season at Theatre Royal Stratford East, starring Tara Fitzgerald.

It was nominated as Best Off-West End Production in the 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards and longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize.


A cracking new play … A splendidly funny and often downright raucous comedy - a kind of Abigail’s Party for the metropolitan, multicultural 21st century. …  Adult Supervision is fascinating and frank about racial attitudes and prejudice while also being outrageously funny.  … Rutherford's dark and often hilarious comedy has far more bite, and revealing insight than David Mamet’s recent play on similar themes, Race … A provocative and entertaining evening” (Telegraph ★★★★)

“An English answer to Yasmina Reza’s God Of Carnage, another work that skewers fashionable opinions in the setting of a right-on metropolitan lair. … A sparky, modern, well-acted, highly watchable show … Rutherford is a fresh voice”  (Daily Mail ★★★★)

"Remember Clybourne Park – Bruce Norris’s uncomfortably hilarious West End hit about racial tension and class snobbery in Chicago? Well, Sarah Rutherford’s written the London equivalent. … Fiercely funny stuff”  (Time Out ★★★★)

“A brave honesty all too lacking in many big-budget stage productions … Hilariously provocative …  Adult Supervision comes highly recommended, and if there is one thing to do this month to celebrate Black History, this could well be it”  (The Upcoming ★★★★)

“A brilliantly claustrophobic comedy …  A thought-provoking piece which entertains as much as it exposes … Real attention to the details of character and class … A hugely entertaining piece of drama … A tight script and a strong cast”  (One Stop Arts ★★★★)

"Mixed-race, middle-class families get barely a look-in in stage drama. So all the more reason to welcome Sarah Rutherford's new play which takes a very funny, provocative and well-informed look at 'Beige Britain' and its racial and social tensions”  (Independent ★★★)

Spikily entertaining … cringe-inducing social comedy”  (Metro ★★★)

“Plunges headfirst into Britain’s simmering melting pot debate and humorously exposes the old and new grievances that remain thoroughly unthawed. … Savvy writing ... a buttock clenching parade of social awkwardness.
Rutherford’s writing pulls no punches … A witty and perceptive play that questions whether a black man in the White House really means unity in the school playground” (Afridiziak ★★★)

Daring humour … wonderfully performed and brilliantly written; a hilarious play I urge you to discover”  (A Younger Theatre )

Sharp social commentary ... had myself and everyone else in the audience engrossed and laughing from start to finish … A fully deserved standing ovation”  (British Future)

"A fiercely funny and provocative piece of new writing”  (Camden Review)

"Sarah Rutherford’s comically poignant play about racial attitudes and preconceptions is brilliantly thought provoking … Deals with issues about racial tensions and class snobbery in a wonderfully challenging yet entertaining manner”  (Operation Black Vote)

"Sarah Rutherford’s engaging, witty and thought provoking script inspires stunned gasps of recognition from the audience”  (Words of Colour)





Photography by Mark Douet