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Woman in Mind

May 2-24

The Vicar’s wife, Susan, is so bored and frustrated by her life that she starts to imagine a fantasy family. Illusion and reality collide with hilarious and tragic results in one of Ayckbourn’s finest, and darkest, comedies.

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Woman In Mind - Background from Alan Ayckbourn site:

In 1986, Alan Ayckbourn announced he was to take a sabbatical from Scarborough to become a visiting director at the National Theatre in London. It would mark a watershed in his career and he would return from London with far more critical respect as a writer and director than when he left Scarborough.

His final play before he took his sabbatical from the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round was Woman In Mind. It was itself an unlikely departure for the playwright and was initially greeted by a mixed, even occasionally bewildered response. Yet its transfer to London and subsequent productions led to it being acclaimed as one of Alan Ayckbourn’s most powerful plays. To this day it stands as one of the significant turning points in Alan’s writing career and the wider perception of his work.

The premiere was held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough, on 30 May 1985, and transferred to London the Vaudeville Theatre on 3 September 1986.

It is the only 'subjective' play written by Alan Ayckbourn; the entire play is seen through the eyes of Susan and reflects her perceptions of the world, and the only Ayckbourn play where the lead character, Susan, does not leave the stage at any point throughout the play.

Friday May 2 – Hoxne Village Hall
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Saturday, May 3 – Laxfield Village Hall
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Friday, May 9 – Beccles Public Hall
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Saturday, May 10 – Southwold, St Edmunds Hall
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Friday, May 16 – Wingfield Barns
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Saturday, May 17 – Bungay, Fisher Theatre
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Thursday, May 22 – Diss Corn Hall
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Saturday, May 24 – Halesworth, The Cut
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Tickets £9.50 and £8.50 (concessions)

All performances start 7.30pm

Running time 2hrs 15mins (including interval)


Review: Woman in Mind, Open Space, Beccles Public Hall, May 9

Andrew Clarke, Woman’s breakdown in-the-round
Monday, May 12, 2014
1:14 PM

Despite being almost 30 years old, this play resonates today with its ideas, characters and that bitter-sweet comic/tragic life commentary we expect from Alan Ayckbourn.

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Susan (mesmerisingly played by Yves Green) is a woman of a certain age going through a mental breakdown. She has created a fantasy life that becomes ever more real and gradually merges with her banal ‘normal’ world.

Her husband (Geoff Cadman), her real son (Jake Kubala), her sister in law (Gill Mullen) and the hugely eccentric, comic doctor (Simon Evans) are cleverly interwoven with the idealism of her parallel family.

The oily fantasy husband (Paul Baker), his brother (Steven Phipps) and the daughter she always wanted (Emma Martin) see and despise the real people and offer her an escape into warmth, love and joy.

Action is in the garden with the audience on three sides, close to Ayckbourn’s beloved in-the-round approach, which involves everyone closely in her delusions.

Director David Green has surpassed himself with this one, achieving consummate performances from all his actors and creating a moving experience for all.

David Porter








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