Tuesday 23rd February to Saturday 27th February 2010
Directed by Lorraine Galliers
An Englishman, an Irishman and an American. In a Cell. In Beirut. Kidnapped. What does it take to survive a life in chains, when your only weapons are hope, humour and the sheer determination to not give in? This play is a fantastic journey into the soul - an emotional roller-coaster that will make you laugh, cry and affirm your faith in the depth and strength of the human spirit.
'Someone Who'll Watch over Me' was first staged in 1992, at the Hampstead Theatre, London. It was also produced on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, opening later that year and running for 292 performances. It received Tony Award nominations for Best Play and Best Actor and the play won the 1993 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.
'Someone Who'll Watch over Me' focuses on the trials and tribulations of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American (Edward, Michael, and Adam) who are kidnapped and held hostage by unseen Arabs in Lebanon. As the three men strive for survival they also strive to overcome their personal and nationalistic differences. Related to this is each individual's own attempt to maintain sanity under the watchful eye of both captors and supposed comrades. At times the dramatic dialogue reaches a level of Beckettinian absurdity, as even the audience is unable to draw a distinction between the characters' insanity and humour. We are made witness and accomplice to a humour based on something apparently ghastly, the loss of rationality.
This play was staged at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre (formerly Havant Arts Centre), East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977. The production was nominated for 'Best Amateur Drama' and David Penrose was Runner-up as 'Best Amateur Actor' for his portrayal of Michael, in The News 'Guide' Awards 2010.
|Adam||Richard Le Moignan|
|Assistant Director||Ingrid Corrigan|
|Stage Manager||Paul Millington |
|Assistant Stage Manager||Zoë Chapman|
|Lighting Design||Andrew Caple|
|Sound Design||Sarah Parnell|
|Lighting Operation||Andrew Caple|
|Sound Operation||Mark Wakeman|