Evenings of Intimate Theatre
Six One Act Plays
Playing with Fire
directed by Charlie Hanson
with Fire is based on a visit Strindberg made to
some friends in 1892. They had been close but one
unfortunate remark caused Strindberg to break off their
friendship. The play is Strindberg's spiteful revenge on
his one-time friend.
Both this play and The Stronger are remarkable for the way they study moments of crisis - that moment against which normality is judged. The intensity of that moment wields an unforgettable power.
Playing with Fire Cast
|The Father||Douglas Ballard|
|The Mother||Phyl Walshaw|
|The Son||Phil Brown|
|The Daughter-in-Law||Cathy Harris|
|The Friend||John Dring|
|The Cousin||Liz Byrne|
directed by Rowan Crymble
in a writing life of nearly forty years wrote more than
sixty plays, beginning with historical dramas, through
naturalism to his later experimental work. Both The
Stronger and Playing with Fire are from his
more naturalistic period.
The Stronger is a tour de force for any actress, being a virtual monologue. It is one of the very few examples of his work to show a sympathetic view of woman.
The Stronger Cast
directed by Kate Walshaw
|"A scabby little vaudeville which I've scratched out for the provinces" was how Chekhov described this one act comedy, somewhat ungratefully considering he was making his living from these "scabby" little plays at the time. With the success of his major work, these highly entertaining an amusing short plays have tended to be overlooked. It is only recently that they have been recognised as superb examples of the playwrights craft - a pleasure to work on and a pleasure to watch.|
|Choobukov, Stepan Stepanovich||Douglas Ballard|
|Natalyia Stepanovna||Cathy Harris|
|Lomov, a neighbour||Stanley Knafler|
directed by Phyl Walshaw
strides almost a century of English theatre. A
contemporary of Strindberg and Chekhov, his last work
appeared only six years before Look Back in Anger.
His ability to laugh at pomposity, persistent nonsense
and himself, ensures that his work will be enjoyed for at
least another century.
His view of Ellen Terry was that "she chose a man at a glance.... and married him before he had time to have any choice in the matter". He surely had Miss Terry in mind when, in 1933, he wrote Village Wooing one of his wittiest short plays.
directed by Bob Hewis
One can almost hear the thud of hearts into boots when
these words are mentioned. Yeats, himself, may have had a
similar reaction, for he sought to bring drama and poetry
together in a way which would give full power to both. He
wished to achieve something more than limp verse in
established dramatic form.
Amongst his later plays is Purgatory, here his technique is at its height. Purgatory - the eternal in between. The play has the fascination of the moments between waking and sleeping - a walking dream. Intangible but never insubstantial, the strange and haunting play carries its own special power.
|Old Man||Ginge Barker|
The Shadow of the Glen
directed by Rowan Crymble
dramatic work is small in number, it is large in stature.
Although he wrote only three full-length plays and three
shorter ones, from 1903-1910, they are an important achievement.
The Shadow of the Glen is one of the early plays and is essentially a knockout farce. Although the plot has been used in many comedies, what distinguishes it from others which get their laugh and disappear, is Singe's language. The richness of the Irish speech has been developed to bring another dimension to this entertaining farce.
Shadow of the Glen Cast
|Mora Burke||Maureen Phelps|
|The Tramp||Bob Hewis|
|Dan Burke||Hugh Proctor|
|Michael Dara||John Dring|
|Set Designed by||Kari Furre|
|Set Built by||The Company|
|Stage Management||Ginge Barker, Liz Byrne, Ron Colbourne, Chic Ross, Kev Williams, Chis Maddison, Tim Thornally|
|House Management||Malcolm Bates, Madge Johnson, Margaret Stanney, Joyce Westman|
|Box Office||Lorna MacDonald|
Hanson is the travelling drama director for
Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts
The Lindsey Rural Players are indebted to Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts for financial aid