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Less than dedicated to his job as undertaker's clerk, bored with his North Country family background, Billy Fisher takes refuge in his own invented world. For Billy, an energetic imagination makes life tolerable but well-nigh intolerable for all around him. He lies his way into and out of every situation, producing any explanation and making any promise that will extricate him from his present predicament, and thereby creating ever more tortuous entanglements for the immediate future.
2003. Mazrat Prison, Iraq. Previously one of Saddam's most notorious torture houses, where more than 10,000 people died, it is now under Allied command. Nassir works here, translating for the American interrogators. He's local, pro-Western, determined to bring liberal values to his country and is about to get married to Zoya, his sweetheart. But when he is recognized by Faisal, a new prisoner and psychotic supporter of the old regime, his life becomes a living hell... The Collector is a compelling tale of murder, evil and betrayal set in occupied Iraq and born out of Henry Naylor's own experiences of a visit to Bagram Airbase in 2003. Relevant, political theatre, it was one of the most highly-acclaimed shows at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, winning a prestigious Fringe First Award. Following a sold-out run at London's Arcola Theatre, it now embarks on a National Tour.
London playboy Horner has a cunning plan to enable him to continue any affair he wishes without the unpleasant business of a husband s suspicions or jealousy. Packed full of elaborate characterisation and high farce this is a fast paced piece designed to delight and entertain.
With strong echoes of the life and experiences of celebrated cellist Jacqueline du Pre running through it, the play tells of Stephanie, an eminent violinist, who has been confined to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis. On her husband's advice she consults a psychiatrist to help her come to terms with a life deprived of its main purpose. Under the quiet probing questions, layer after layer of protective pretence is stripped from her, revealing dangerous depths of resentment and despair.
"I'm walking down the street and there's a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I've seen before." Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe.
Part of a double bill.
A comic drama about adolescent schoolboys. A group of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results, and a history teacher who thinks he's a fool.
Simon wants to talk about his girlfriend. Paul wants to play chess. Simon wants to go away for his birthday. Paul knows that he can't. Simon and Paul are young and directionless. They bicker and tease each other as best friends do. A normal evening at Paul's flat turns unforgettable as Paul reveals he knows when Simon is going to die. Darkly-comic and moving, Rosen's play investigates mortality and friendship in the modern world.
A father is confronted by his adult son. And then by another, identical to the first. But are the pair twins, or the outcome of an extraordinary scientific experiment? Which is the real child, and which is merely one of 'a number', cloned from the original? And how many more might be out there? This play contains strong language.
Part of a double bill.