Come and see our next show! The delightful The Curious Savage by John Patrick. Performances 11 to 13 November in the Untiarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street. Tickets on sale now!
by Lucy Kirkwood
Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate St, Bury St Edmunds
Saturday 20 November 2021
Doors open 4 pm.
Performance from 4.30 pm
Maryland by award winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood, is a ‘howl’ of rage in response to the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa.
This ‘scalpel-sharp’ 30 minute drama, recently performed at The Royal Court Theatre, documents the experience which far too many women face on a daily basis and the apathy and contempt with which they are treated.
BTW are proud to present this powerful work, which Kirkwood has donated to be performed, without performance rights, until the end of November.
The cast includes a chorus of Furies which provides commentary on the events as they unfold. The Furies are women of all ages and we invite women from all across the community, as well as from within BTW, to take part.
To read the play, click here.
The performance will take the form of a script in hand rehearsed reading. Director Bethan Stoll (recently 'Viola/Cesario' in our Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night) is hosting just one rehearsal at the The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday7 November starting at 10 am to 12 noon. All women attending will be made very welcome in their role as Fury or to help in any other way with the production.
Tickets for the one performance may be obtained on the door or from the link below.
We will be supporting Suffolk Rape Crisis with all profits from the show. You may also donate yourself directly here...
Audience are welcome to stay a while after the show to discuss the issues raised. Refreshments will be available.
Download Shakespeare's own advice on acting here...
The Curious Savage
by John Patrick
Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 November
Ethel Savage is elderly woman whose husband recently died, leaving her millions of dollars. Her family put her into a nursing home, filled with people who have been affected by what life has thrown at them. Her relatives are hoping to get their hands on their stepmother’s wealth, but they greatly underestimate the strength of love and care she receives from the other residents.
The play calls into question conventional definitions of sanity, as the kindness and loyalty of the psychiatric patients is contrasted with the avarice and vanity of ‘respectable’ public figures.
The outcome provides a moving insight into the true nature of everyone involved, and an idea what their lives would have been had fate not intervened.
“People say I love you all the time - when they say ‘take an umbrella, it's raining’, or ‘hurry back’ or even ‘watch out, you'll break your neck’. There are hundreds of ways of wording it - you just have to listen for it, my dear.”
Tickets: £12.50 adults, £10 for under 21’s and Saturday matinee. Under 12's FREE
Shows start 7.30 pm evenings and 2.30 pm Saturday matinee.
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Paintings by local artist Donna Wisdom will be available for sale at performances, with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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We're delighted to have been awarded a grant of £4000 from the West Suffolk Council Community Chest fund. This is for the furtherance of our community ventures in theatre, making participation easier for all, in particular those on low incomes.
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