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Find out more about the plays in our 2014/2015 season:
6 – 13 September, An Inspector Calls – JB Priestley
The Birling family are toasting the engagement of their daughter, when the happy occasion is suddenly and unexpectedly interrupted by the arrival of a stranger at the door. An Inspector has called to investigate the tragic death of a young woman. A suicide, or so it would seem…
As the mysterious Inspector Goole interrogates each member of this affluent family he uncovers their connections to this tragic young woman’s death.
Stripping away layer upon layer of deceit he exposes the lies that infect this seemingly respectable family to reveal the deeply entrenched hypocrisy at the heart of Edwardian society.
An Inspector Calls is J.B. Priestley’s most famous work. It has been produced on stage, radio, television and in film numerous times since it was first performed in the UK in 1946.
15 – 22 November, The Accrington Pals – Peter Whelan
A powerful and poignant drama based on a real-life story.
On the eve of the First World War the young men of Accrington hear Kitchener’s call for a New Army and become the smallest town in England to raise a Pals Volunteer Brigade.
When they arrive in France, the brutal reality of the trenches is beyond anything they were prepared for.
And back home amongst the women they leave behind – their mothers, wives, daughters, lovers – nothing can ever be the same again.
Peter Whelan’s epic and deeply humane play, dramatises the lives of ordinary people caught up in historical events. Funny, intimate and moving THE ACCRINGTON PALS charts the fortunes of a close-knit community on the brink of change.
17 – 24 January, The Secret Lives of Henry and Alice – David Tristram
Domestic quibbling is given a rigorous once-over in this gently satirical comedy.
For Henry Smith – actor, raconteur, sporting hero, leading socialite, business tycoon, secret agent, Casanova and acting President of the United States – life was rarely dull.
For Alice Smith, housewife, life was rarely anything else.
Enter Michel, French waiter – tall, dark, and available. Exactly what happened next, no-one’s quite sure. Except that it involved a rotting melon, a deckchair and a bottle of neck-rub.
Fantasy blurs into reality. Secret passions explode. And two worlds which seem a million miles apart are suddenly on a collision course.
It could only happen to Henry and Alice. And only their pet goldfish, Orca, and you, will ever know the true story.
14 – 21 March, Player’s Angels – Amanda Whittington
It’s 1953 and all the girls in Nottingham want to work at John Player’s, the best employer in town. Player’s Angels have a good wage, a tobacco allowance and a reputation.
Whilst Cyn dreams of being a beauty queen and Vee adjusts to married life, widowed Glad shares a secret with her young supervisor Bill. When the youthful Mae comes to work at Player’s, however, the lives and secrets of all the women change forever.
Based on real stories of the tobacco industry, Player’s Angels was staged in Bristol as The Wills’s Girls and became a BBC Radio Four Woman’s Hour serial.
16 – 23 May, Blithe Spirit – Noel Coward
Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance.
Whilst consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to Charles, Elvira soon makes a play to reclaim her husband, much to the chagrin of Charles’ new wife Ruth.
One husband, two feuding wives and a whisper of mischief in the air – who will win in Coward’s unworldly comedy?
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