Maud lives in a dilapidated mock-Tudor house with her son Mo, an antiquarian bookseller and trad-jazz enthusiast who accompanies records on his drumkit and encourages Maud's eccentricities such as the war she wages on hordes of (imaginary) mites which infest her life.
Maud's other children, Hedley and Queenie, arrive for their father's funeral.
They try to persuade Maud to go to a modern duplex in London and Mo to join Queenie in California, but both prefer to remain where they are.
“Not all of us,” Mo says, "want freedom. Captivity has its points as well."
Two friends meet up after losing touch for thirty years. We meet them in full flow of
their renewed friendship. They share a cafe with two young women, who pity them.The older ones envy the younger pair. What they don’t realise is how similar they actually are Enid and Maude also end up envying each other, proving that we never really know what goes on behind closed doors.
______________________________________________________________________Around the World in 80 DaysBy Jules Verne Adapted and directed by Martin Vander Weyer December 2011
It's October 1872. The mysterious Phileas Fogg bets his fellow members of the Reform Club in London that he can travel round the world in 80 days and be back in time for the Club's Christmas party. He sets off that very evening, accompanied by his valet Passepartout - and pursued by Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard, who is convinced Fogg has robbed the Bank of England.
Follow Fogg's breathless adventures by ship, train, elephant and bicycle as he races against time, rescues a princess, fights off Red Indians and evades the grasp of the hapless Fix - until the very last moment! But can he still reach the Reform Club before the clock strikes quarter to nine?
This hilarious adaptation, specially written for our popular, multi-talented 1812 Theatre Company, injects seasonal fizz and musical fun into Verne's much-loved story.
______________________________________________________________________The Turn of The Screwby Henry James Adapted by Douglas Jones Directed by Jonathan Lewis and Isobel ZarbOctober 2011
“Peter Quint is The Devil. Sometimes, he visits this world to hurt the good... and steal away their children.”
Left in sole charge of a boy and girl on a lonely country estate, a young Governess comes to believe that the ghosts of two dead servants have hideous designs upon the children. If she's right, they are all in grave danger; if she's wrong, she herself might be driving the children to the edge of insanity. But despite their apparent innocence, Miles and Flora know more than they're telling...
Based on the classic ghost story by Henry James, this adaptation provides genuine chills, the tension increasing with every twist in the plot... or 'turn of the screw'.
Oh Clarence!By John Chapman Adapted from the Blandings Castle stories by P. G. Wodehouse Directed by Dominic GoodwinJuly 2011
A hilarious comedy based on one of P.G. Wodehouse's most famous characters, Lord Emsworth, the dreamy peer of Blandings Castle. The delightful Earl, as vague as ever, wants nothing more than to be allowed to potter around Blandings, tending his roses and prize pig, the Empress. But his sister, Lady Constance, has other ideas and arranges a house party into which bursts Dame Daphne Winkworth, whom the Earl is urged, much against his will, to marry. He is further plagued by his vacuous son Freddie Threepwood, Rupert Bingham, a clumsy love-lorn curate, and his arch enemy Sir Gregory Parsloe-Parsloe, from whom Lord Emsworth unwittingly steals a priceless Egyptian scarab!
A selection of our past productionsSteak FritesWritten & Directed by Martin Vander WeyerIn the Studio Bar
84 Charing Cross RoadAdapted for the stage by James Roose-Evans
From the book by Helene Hanff
Directed by Julia Armstrong
The Memory of Water
By Shelagh Stephenson
Directed by David Powley