The Outsiders make a welcome return to The Coro this week with their latest production, Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman In Mind.
Directed by Jean Hunt, the play will be performed at The Coronation Hall from Tuesday 19th November 2019 through to Friday 22nd November, inclusive.
Although “Woman in Mind” is one of Ayckbourn’s darker comedies, it is a very funny and thought provoking play.
First performed in Scarborough at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1985, it transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in London in 1986, starring Julia McKenzie as Susan, with Martin Jarvis as Gerald. Starved of affection and love by her rather boring husband, Gerald, and her son Rick, who is ashamed of her, Susan conjures up an imaginary family.
A loving husband Andy, an adoring daughter Lucy, and a brother Tony.
She is happy and relaxed when she is with this imagined family.
The play is set in the small suburban garden of Gerald and Susan, but when she is with Andy, Lucy, and Tony, this rather dull space expands to become bright and lavish.
Other characters who, as well as their own standing in the play, serve to show different aspects of Susan’s character, are Bill, the doctor who has had a long standing crush on Susan but is unable to express his feelings, and Muriel, Gerald’s long suffering sister.
The action is all seen though Susan’s eyes - we see what is in her mind. But gradually Susan loses control over her dream, which breaks down into a nightmare when her real and imaginary families clash.
The cast for this fabulous production is as follows:
Susan - Helen Newell
Bill, her doctor - Paul Jordin
Gerald, her husband - Chris Barron
Muriel, her sister-in-law -
Rick, her son - Matt Berry
Andy, her husband - Edward Rafter
Tony, her brother - Duncan Lindsay
Lucy, her daughter - Hayley Parsons
The play runs from Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd November. Tickets are priced at £9 on Tuesday, £10 Wednesday to Friday.
To book your tickets to this wonderful production call the Box Office at The Coro on 01229 587140 Monday to Saturday, 10am – 1pm. Or buy Online 24/7 by clicking HERE