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Bud loves Myrna - or does he? When Bud, aged fifty, racks his troubled brains over the "l'il acid drops scorchin' holes in the starched napkin of our marriage" a torrent of surreal anecdotes, touching memories and ever-increasing anxiety builds to a shocking climax. In this bravura one-man comedy, acclaimed Cornish writer Nick Darke charts Bud's turbulent marital journey from "cold-blooded proposition to passionate love affair" and beyond with wit, wildness and hilarity.
27 June 2012
The village gossips are titillated when Bud marries Myrna, a woman ten years his senior who has arthritis and ‘collateral’. Bud is adamant that he loves his wife, but can their marriage survive the needling doubts that begin to appear? In less than an hour Bud charts the eponymous character’s turbulent marital journey and secret psyche.
In an impressive one-man performance Neil Sheffield’s elastic face and charged physicality show Bud morphing from the village idiot to Arcadian lover to Machiavellian monster. Playwright Nick Darke’s lyrical language and Sheffield’s West Country burr transport us to an insular, rural world populated by the arthritic Myrna, prattling village gossips, the imperious Lady Richard and an enigmatic squatter who lives in a shed on the farm.
Penny Cliff’s sharp direction is full of nice touches and playful genre switches. Moments of slapstick comedy sit comfortably beside romantic interludes an...
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