Ayckbourn's Snake Tours as SJT First Foot LaunchesDate: 15 January 2003
Following its premiere last summer at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre, Alan Ayckbourn's latest 61st play, Snake in the Grass, embarks on a five week tour, opening tonight (15 January 2003) at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre before continuing until 22 February to Oxford, Worthing and Warwick.
Snake in the Grass is Ayckbourn's first thriller since 1994's Haunting Julia. For Annabel and her sister Miriam, their sunlit garden is filled with deeply buried childhood memories. But when night begins to fall, is it only the past which comes back to haunt them? Or something infinitely more terrifying? The two sisters become entangled in a sinister plan that tests their relationship as well as their morality.
Susie Blake, Fiona Mollison (best known as Victoria from TV soap Hollyoaks) and Rachel Atkins reprise their roles in the three-hander, which is directed by Ayckbourn and designed by Roger Glossop, with lighting by Mick Hughes, original music by John Pattison and costumes by Christine Wall.
Meanwhile, back at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, where Ayckbourn is artistic director, the second annual First Foot season - providing provide "early steps" premieres for two new plays - runs from 28 January to 1 March 2003. This year's season will showcase Chris Dunkley's How to Tell the Truth (28 January to 15 February), a story about life behind the headlines directed by Lu Kemp, and Peter Robert Scott's Second World War drama Parting Shots (18 February to 1 March), directed by Laurie Sansom.
- by Terri Paddock