Last night (23 April 2012) Whatsonstage.com theatregoers were on hand at the Harold Pinter theatre for the double bill of South Downs and The Browning Version which has come in to town from Chichester where it received enthusiastic plaudits.

They were also treated to an exclusive post-show Q&A with Sir David Hare, author of South Downs, its director Jeremy Herrin and Angus Jackson}, the director of [Terence Rattigan's The Browning Version

A double bill, South Downs is presented first, a specially commissioned companion piece written by David Hare in response to Terence Rattigan's The Browning Version. Both examine life in boarding public school and Anna Chancellor and Nicholas Farrell lead the cast in both pieces. Rattigan's Harrow School and Hare's Lancing College provide the backdrop for these moving stories, Hare's told through the eyes of a boy and Rattigan's through the eyes of a master. Both revolve around unexpected acts of kindness which place the harsh and at times cruel worlds of these schools into stark contrast.

Herrin and Jackson talked about working together but separately and the difficulties in casting not least when the actors will have to cross over two pieces. Hare  spoke about his early years as a writer at the Royal Court and Rattigan's own reactions to the new writing powerhouse.

The double bill opens tonight (24 April 2012).

To listen to the full unedited Q&A, which was hosted by Whatsonstage.com managing and editorial Director Terri Paddock, click the 'play' button above; or to subscribe and download from iTunes, click here. We also live-tweeted from the event last night. You can scroll through all of our South Downs / The Browning Version Q&A tweets here.

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