Snake in the Grass
12th to 16th February 2019
A psycho-thriller by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Steve Atkins
"A creepily, scarily, eerily enjoyable evening." Sunday Times. “Deliciously creepy.” Variety. “… laughter and spine-tingling horror.” BBC . “more subtle and powerful than the genre would seem to allow.” Guardian.
Undoubtedly a master craftsman in the sphere of comedy, this is one of Sir Alan's few ventures into the scary world of the psychological thriller, and as you might expect, his characters are totally believable, well written and fully three dimensional, complete with dark humour. Set in a large dilapidated garden with a ruined summerhouse, the characters relationships revolve around ‘daddy’, the obnoxious and abusive late owner of the house and garden, who has died three weeks ago.
(Please note that this production contains language that some may find offensive)
9th to 13th April 2019
Highly entertaining and affecting theatre by Alan Bennett, directed by Glynn Oram
"Talking Heads places Alan Bennett in the highest tier of English dramatic writers" (New York Times) "His finest achievement - indeed masterpiece wouldn't be too strong a word" (The Daily Telegraph)
Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation with this series of ground-breaking monologues, originally on BBC TV, and then onto BBC Radio, international theatre and even the A Level syllabus. In ‘Soldiering On’ we meet Muriel, a cheerful, no nonsense pillar of the community and volunteer; who attempts to remain cheerful despite what life throws at her. Irene is ‘A Lady of Letters’, who writes to cure societies’ ills as she sees them, until one letter too many results in a life changing event for her. A ‘Bed among the Lentils’ sees Susan, a bored and unhappy vicar’s wife, start a relationship with an Asian grocer which ultimately changes her life.