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in Northampton since 1932
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Woman In Mind
by Alan Ayckbourn
Tue 13 - Sat 17 February 2018 at 7.30pm
The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, Northampton, NN1 3JA
Maggie Holland, director
This is one of Ayckbourn's blacker comedies, dealing with the gradual mental collapse of the central character as her real and imaginary worlds collide and mingle.
Descrived by reviewers as: "one of the funniest plays, it is also the most distrubing," and: "a climatic Lewis Carroll-style nightmare which is both hilariously inventive and demonic."
It is a play that needs to be well-rehearsed so that the cast no longer find it funny whilst ensuring the audience do!
"Some of it is real and some of it is hallucination."
I am a fan of Alan Ayckbourn. In the past, I have both acted in and directed some of his plays for Moulton Players. I am delighted to be directing this one for Masque Theatre.
It is one of his darker plays, dealing with the the mental turmoil of the central character.
It is a comedy but much of the humour is of the "banana skin" variety: in other words, the joke is at the expense of one of the characters.
The play is expertly scripted so that the audience see and hear the world that the central character, Susan, is experiencing. Sone of it is real and some of it is hallucination, but which is which?
Susan remains on stage throughout the play. Taking on this mammoth task is Nicola Osborne.
With a nod to "repertory", her husband is played by Martin Williams, creating between them another dysfunctional couple after their outing a couple of years ago as Mr & Mrs MacB.
The remainder of the cast are Andy Rowe, John Myhill, Sion Grace, Ciaran Redmond, Emma Burgess and (in her first proper acting role) Megan Lucas. All of them play very diverse characters. I wonder how many of the types you will identify with as someone you know?
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