Mon 6th, Tues 7th & Thurs 9th December 1999
Directed by Janet Simpson, Neil Pugmire & David Hill
Eavesdrop on people and situations carefully orchestrated with delicate theatrical ingenuity. These painstakingly-created, suburban problems are symbols of universal insecurities and anxieties. The "mirror held up to nature" reflecting, through comedy and farce, the often tragic undertones of our contemporary society.
'Confusions' consists of a series of five interconnected one-act plays; 'Mother Figure', 'Drinking Companion', 'Between Mouthfuls', 'Gosforth's Fete' and 'A Talk in the Park'. First staged in 1976 and played by just five actors, the scenes are all loosely linked by characters or locations, but more subtly through the common underlying themes of obsession, isolation and human desire for companionship. For this production, Insiders chose to perform 'Between Mouthfuls' and 'Gosforth's Fete'.
'Between Mouthfuls' - In a hotel (the same in fact as one used as a setting for 'Drinking Companions') two couples at adjoining restaurant tables realise an unwelcome common bond, assisted by an interactive waiter. Mrs Pearce wonders who Mr Pearce is sleeping with. Polly's not been frank to Martin. The waiter is extremely well spoken. There's clever direction of the alternation between the two sets of conversations. A twist to the plot-line spices the ending.
Gosforth's Fete - Publican Gosforth is running the village gala. Due to a big mistake bad personal news from Milly Carter is publicised over the public-address system. Milly's fiancé Stewart Stokes becomes extremely aggravated and drowns his sorrows with alcohol. Councillor Mrs Pearce, after the most disorganised greeting is electrocuted by the PA system. 'Gosforth's Fete' starts like all village fetes do. However it develops into chaos and as things continue to go wrong the play climaxes to a complete disaster.
Insiders was a drama company formed by Bench Theatre which included inmates and tutors from Kingston Prison, Portsmouth.
These two one-act plays were staged at Kingston Prison to audiences of inmates and specially invited Bench members.
|Mr Pearce||Chris H|
|Mrs Pearce||Sue Dawes|
|Mrs Pearce||Judy Bodenham|
|Milly Carter||Kizzy Harris|
|Stewart Stokes||Grant W|
|Old Mr Durban||Peter T|
|Directors||Janet Simpson |
|Assistant Stage Managers||Rachel Rowe|
|Programme||Kingston Prison Print Shop|