Between You and Me (2003)
by Alan Buckman
Directed by Alan Buckman
Between You and Me is a series of six unconnected (but cunningly linked) monologues, lasting roughly ten minutes each, followed by a short P.S. to round things off.
Just as in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads the characters chat to the audience about events in their lives, sometimes telling a story from their own particular standpoint, sometimes letting the listener in on their private thoughts.
There is plenty of humour - but don't expect punch lines. There is pathos - but don't expect to shed a tear. There are points of view - but don't expect a message.
The six widely differing characters are: Joan, a feisty O.A.P. who has a brush with her local librarian and also resents her family's attitude to age and ageing. Mark is an Assistant Stage Manager changing the set at one of our larger theatres, chatting about the play in progress and his mixed feelings about a fellow worker. Janet is on a blind date. Feeling, equally, guilty about deserting her father for the evening and nervous about the date, she has left her vital glasses at home, so she can't see a thing. George reflects wryly on last night's barbecue party, the people that he met there and his attitude to second home owning. Sandra twitters on about her work in a charity shop, her boss and her forthcoming wedding. Finally Bill muses about his late wife, her funeral - and his dreadful sister.<ref>Director's note from themain SLT site</ref>
Now and Then
- Joan - Ruth Lidyard
Behind the Lines
- Mark - Peter Fortune
- Janet - Eileen Coan
Home from Home
- George - Liam Campbell
Just Window Dressing
- Sandra - Emma Howcutt
That's That, Then
- Bill - John Lyne
Joan, Mark, Janet George, Sandra, Bill
- Stage Manager - Jane Codd
- Assistant Stage Manager - Matthew Lyne
- Lighting - Stuart Draper
- Sound Recording - Andrew Rickinson
- Sound Operator - Emma Hillman
- Rigging - Bernie Bullbrook
- Special thanks to Anton Krause
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