Drama on your doorstep: Alan Bennett’s ‘Single Spies’

Remember to book for BRAMROCK’S forthcoming production of

Single Spies

Two one-act plays by Alan Bennett.

March 26,27 and 28th at Margaret Mack room, Rockland St Mary.

(Bar available.)

Tickets £5.50, £4 under 16 from Rockland Post Office.

This is a chance for us to see good quality amateur dramatics, just down the road.  Here is what Nick Dixey from Bramrocks says about the plays.

‘Alan Bennett is possibly the finest British playwright of our times. In 1988 he also took a leading role in the première at the National Theatre of two one-act plays known as “Single Spies”, a phrase borrowed from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

On studying the script it became plain that the interaction between the characters is charged and powerful, too tempting a target for The Bramrocks to ignore! We will need to be at the top of our game to do it justice but what’s the reward for playing safe?

The first play is “An Englishman Abroad” which is a 1958 conversation between the actress Coral Browne and the spy Guy Burgess, set in his Moscow apartment. This is tragi-comedy in a fine form and will have you hanging on every word.

The second is “A Question of Attribution” and this deals with the last few weeks of Sir Anthony Blunt’s charmed life before the storm of his exposure as a spy breaks about his ears. The conversation is mainly with Chubb, an suburban MI5 officer who is trying to ease the identity of the alleged 5th man out of him. Blunt sneers at the man whose grip on him is inexorably tightening. The play includes a casual exchange with HM the Queen which is a masterpiece – the urbane Blunt appears unmoved but isn’t, as Her Majesty runs intellectual rings around him. It’s electric in rehearsals, on the night it will be even better.

There is nothing dated about these plays, they have been in constant production by both amateur and professional companies all over the world since they were written. We aim to leave you marvelling at their brilliance. Don’t miss these plays, they are milestones of modern British theatre.’

Information supplied by Nicholas Dixey

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