By Noel Coward; Directed by Dominic Hill.
“Couldn’t you see that all my flippancy was only a mask, hiding my real emotions – crushing them down desperately!”
Welcome to a village idyll, home to the eccentric Bliss family. Siblings Simon and Sorel are speculating about whether their retired actress mother, Judith, might return to the stage, as their father, David, attempts to write his new novel. This evening they have each invited a guest to stay at their rural retreat. As the party settle down to a post-dinner parlour game, the hapless visitors become playthings in the Bliss’ self-made melodrama.
Revelation, romance, and outright outlandish behaviour set the tone of this 1920s dark comedy. Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh joins with Citizens Theatre to present this riotous farce charting the unconventional antics of a self-dubbed ‘bohemian’ family of four. Award-winning Artistic Director of Citizens Theatre, Dominic Hill takes on this funny and biting exploration of the games people play to avoid confronting the realities of life.
ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE - 10 MARCH - 1 APRIL
CITIZENS THEATRE - 5 april - 22 april
Director Dominic Hill
Playwright Noel Coward
Designer Tom Piper
Lighting Designer Chris Davey
Composer Claire McKenzie