Thurs 28th September - Sat 30th September & Tues 3rd October - Sat 7th October 1989
Directed by Peter Corrigan
"Miss Page by accurate detailed loving writing has created four real people, sensitive to the needs of others yet each, ultimately, with an instinct for self-preservation. These are 'ordinary' people to whom nothing special happens. They become special, extraordinary because of the dignity their creator endows them with."
Giles Gordon (Spectator)
The story takes place over a period of approximately 3 months. Act one begins in the autumn in a wood and the kitchen of Dick and Gwen's house. 20 years ago, Jenny fell out with her step-father, Dick and left home. Still single, but now pregnant Jenny returns to the home he shares with her mother, Gwen. She is hoping for help and support but this is not guaranteed. The father of Jenny's child, Eric, is a divorcee, torn between his relationship with his own child who is growing up very fast and the demands of a new family. Act two is centred on Gwen's estate agency office. Where we see that she, as Jenny's mother, realises that the help expected of her is more than she is prepared to give. This play was published in 1984 and first produced at the Tricycle Theatre, London in 1984.
This play was staged at Havant Arts Centre, East Street Havant - Bench Theatre's home since 1977.
|Stage Manager||Jane Hemsley-Brown|
|Lighting Design||Ray Abbott|
|Lighting Operation||Rob Thrush, Rob Finn|
|Poster Design||Pete Woodward|
|Set Design||Nic Moseley|
|Set Construction||David Hemsley-Brown|
|Front of House||David Hemsley-Brown|
I find relationships between people fascinating. The ways in which they speak to each other and the ways in which their body language confirms or denies their utterances have always intrigued me. This play provides the perfect vehicle with its spare dialogue and vast sub-text for exploring below the surface of the four characters we meet. The cast has worked hard at establishing the emotional truth of the characters and the audience should recognise the universality of some of the moments encountered. The production design takes the story told beyond its specific participants and locations, and the wood reflects the eternal nature of fertility and propagation. It also whispers of primitive rites and the need to propitiate and make sacrifices to the unknown and intangible. The play reminds us that self-preservation as individuals or as a species is too important to be left to chance.