In Unsuspecting Susan, the life that swirls around Susan Chester in Hampshire is never dull. Her best friend, Elaine Sweetham's husband Donald just ran off with that trollop who runs the betting shop in Basingstoke, and then Elaine ran off with a Buddhist guru to find nirvana in Bayswater. But Susan was far too busy rehearsing for her starring role in The Killing of Sister George to think much about that right now. Then her son Simon committed a crime that shook the world.
Celia Imrie is well known for her performances in Victoria Wood's highly acclaimed series and specials as well as other television credits including Gormenghast, Love in a Cold Climate, A Gathering Storm, Daniel Deronda, The Dinner Ladies and films such as The Borrowers, Hilary and Jackie, Lucky Break, Bridget Jones' Diary, Thunderpants and Heartlands/
Imrie is also an accomplished stage actress, winner of the Clarence Derwent Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the National Theatre production of Edward Bond's The Sea. Amongst her other theatre credits are The Hothouse (Chichester and West End), School for Scandal (RSC), Dona Rosita (Almeida) and Habeus Corpus (Donmar Warehouse)
Stewart Permutt's writing credits include Exclusive Yarns at the Palace Theatre, Watford, and in the West End and broadcast on Channel 4 with Lesley Joseph, Patricia Hodge and Maureen Lipman and Singular Women starring Joseph at the New End and Kings Head theatres. Unsuspecting Susan is directed by Lisa Forrell.
Currently at the King's Head Theatre is another one-woman play, New Zealander Toa Fraser's acclaimed No. 2, with Madeleine Sami, which continues to 13 April 2003. It's followed, from 15 April to 4 May 2003, by the revival of Stephen Fry's Latin!, which stars David Benson and was seen last year at the Edinburgh Fringe and at London's New End Theatre. The planned premiere season at the King's Head of John Michael Heuer's Grimm Fantasies, starring Susannah Doyle and Brian Protheroe, was indefinitely postponed earlier this month (See News, 11 Mar 2003).
- by Terri Paddock