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Plain Quakers – SWANSONG – a drama (Doncaster)
6 October 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
PLAIN QUAKERS THEATRE is presenting this play following Meeting for Worship at Balby(Doncaster) on Sunday 6th October. The performance is free but a collection will be taken for a local charity.
SWANSONG – not fade away
In a small flat somewhere in London, Frank Dudley, old-school actor, struggles with the passing of time and his old friends, his ambition to play Shakespeare‟s Richard II still unfulfilled. In this wryly comic tale, loosely based on a Chekhov short play, they wrestle with time, illusion, and each other, refusing to acknowledge their mutual dependency and debt, before reaching a not unexpected conclusion.
Is Frank really a self-proclaimed national treasure, or just an unloved ageing bit-part player with impossible dreams? And who is Kenneth? Stooge, mentor or saviour; Laurel to Frank‟s Hardy; or Edgar to his Lear?
Frank’s fantasies cannot suppress the realities of a lonely old age, as he endures a life of self-deception and loneliness in a play tinged with wry comedy.
The performance lasts about 60 minutes and begins at 12.30pm.