Wednesday 11th November to Saturday 14th November 2015
Directed by Mark Wakeman
Anna and Claire have lived together for a number of years in a 'Boston Marriage' in Victorian era America with their maid Catherine.
Anna takes a male lover to get money to keep them in the manner to which they have become accustomed. But Claire throws a spanner in the works by saying that she is in love with a younger woman whom she hopes to seduce.
Eventually the duo concocts a scheme by which the seduction can happen during which new revelations turn their lives into comedic chaos.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.
|Stage Manager||Verity Butler|
|Lighting Design||Andrew Caple|
|Sound Design||Julie Wood|
|Lighting Operation||Ingrid Corrigan|
|Sound Operation||Tasmin Halford|
|Set Design||David Penrose|
|Set Construction||David Penrose, Pete Woodward|
|Accent Coaching||Sian Green|
|Costumes||Sue Dawes, Di Wallsgrove, Cast, Crew|
|FOH Manager||Sally Hartley|
Those of you who have been paying close attention for the last few years will have noticed that I've been pitching and directing plays with strong female roles to try and ensure that our female performers got a chance to shine and this play is the final play of that bunch.
When I made it known that I was looking for such plays Robin Hall, who plays Anna so deliciously tonight, placed this play in my hands and told me to read it. I must confess it wasn't immediately obvious to me that I should direct it. While it was a comedy, it was a bit wordy (and, dare I say, intellectual) for my usual tastes, but I thought it was a cracking play and one that offered an all-too-rare experience. An all-female cast and a small cast as well offering the chance for some towering performances.
So like when I directed 'Little Women' I thought I would try and challenge myself again, stepping out of my comfort zone a little and direct a play which I thought we could perform well and which our audiences might enjoy. So here it is. I hope that you like it.
As usual I was would like to give thanks to my incredible cast and crew who have thrown everything they have into making this show work for you, the viewing audience. Also I would like to thank you, our audience, for coming to support local theatre. In this dark economic climate local groups like ourselves get hit hard and your generous support and encouragement is always gratefully received.
I hope you enjoy your evening and that we see you back here for our next show, 'Supernova VII', in February.