Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Love and Other Games

Members who printed out the programme when it was first published may have been expecting a play by Francis Beckett. Hold your horses. The great man has been busy with one thing and another so we're keeping it for next term. However, in its place comes a portmanteau of comedy plays entitled Love And Other Games by P-P legend Lisa Fulthorpe. I say legend not only because I have never met her, but because she is also a member of longer standing than I, and she's written an episode of Doctors and contributed sketches to Smack the Pony which I used to like, back in the day.

Let Lisa explain:

"Relationships promise much, but rarely deliver. You might crave a moment of bliss or a lifetime’s worth, but how often does it work out like that? They often feel like a game: with two (or more) players and rules that constantly change.
I’ve written these plays, all comedies, some light, some darker, with the idea that relationships are secret deals between two people right from the start, with neither side really knowing what the other one wants.
They explore what happens if that deal gets broken and how characters behave next: Back-down? Compromise? Forgive? Lie? Betray? Avenge. . .?
Central to this is that all the characters have something at stake: their future happiness, their security, freedom, sanity; their finances, their families, their senses of self, their need not be alone in the world. Some have a lot more at stake than others.
The characters inhabit familiar worlds (the one night stand, the dirty weekend, the sub-urban party, chance encounters, domestic bliss. . .) and they are at different stages in life (from young to old). They are, for the most part, heterosexual, but they don’t have to be".

Is your appetite well and truly whetted? Then come along on Monday 11th April.

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