There’s an Englishman, an Irishman and an American being held hostage in the Lebanon… Not the start of a joke, but the premise behind Frank McGuinness’s modern classic.
Colum Hatchell, Patrick Stephenson and Craig Simpson star in this dark, surprisingly funny and thought-provoking play which describes the trials, tribulations and inner strengths of the hostages, exposing their uneasy friendship and petty rivalries, and revealing to us the depths of the human condition.
The show is on at The Warehouse Studio Theatre from 22 to 26 September 2009 and will then be reprised in Bedford, UK from 2-3 October 2009.
ECC & Bedford Swan Theatre Company present
Studio 30—31 October 2009 at 20.00
The ECC is delighted to host Bedford on their 5th visit to Brussels. Swan will be performing My Mother Said I Never Should, Charlotte Keatley’s critically acclaimed play exploring the lives and relationships of four generations of women – Doris, Margaret, Jackie and Rosie – and how different generations strive to break free from the traditions and culture of their parents.
Petit Theatre Mercelis
8-12 Dec 2009 at 8pm, 12 Dec 2009 at 3pm
Lyuba Ranevskaya returns after 5 years in Paris to her family estate in the Russian countryside, where financial straits are leading inexorably to the sale of its famous cherry orchard. Chekhov’s last play, comic, ironic and melancholic by turns, presents a group of characters struggling in different ways to rise to the challenges of changing times. Despite its Russian setting, this play may have something to say to us all.
An elderly woman surprises her carer and a young visitor with a revelation from her past – but it is when she falls into a coma that so much more is revealed.
This dark comedy is about any(wo)man: who we are, why we are, how we are. It looks at life with a 360-degree view. It is about living life and the inevitability of death.
Warning: This play contains explicit sexual references
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.
Tickets are €14 (€12 for 9-13members; groups of 10 or more on Tuesday to Thursday).
Some thoughts from the Director:
How to begin explaining why Three Tall Women is so good?
Well, to summarise: Albee’s words are wonderfully written, humorous, emotive and wise. His sense of humour dark and dry. And the simple but clever device that is Act 2 gives the audience a whole new view of the first act.
In 1994 Three Tall Women won Edward Albee his third Pulitzer Prize for Drama, some years after he had been written off as creatively ‘dried up’: it was quite a come-back!
His “characters” are self-absorbed and on the whole unlovable, and several reviewers have written “If you stick around for Act 2 …” They have a point!
Three women, one of them slightly demented, squabbling with each other over unpaid bills, grammar, diction, the day of the week and incontinence. An old lady reminiscing about horses and the unhappiness of her sex life. Where on earth is this play going? It is going towards the inevitable, and on the way it will address many of life’s issues.
If you already know this play you will smile at my reticence to say more, and will I hope be amongst the first to book your seats to see this wonderful piece brought to life by the excellent cast of Lyn Wainwright, Rachel Cuff and Charlotte Owen.
If you don’t know the play, you can of course read a summary on Wikipedia – but I would urge you not to: I hope that your first experience of Three Tall Women will be as breathtaking as mine was, that you will enjoy the questioning and the examining, and that you will leave the theatre reflecting on the life issues Albee raises.
The Red Death
The English Comedy Club is proud to present its entry for the 2010 Feats competition at the International School of Brussels on 24 April 2010 at 8pm. Based on the short story “The Red Masquerade” by Edgar Allen Poe this an original adaptation dramatised for stage by the English Comedy Club in Brussels.
This is the only performance in Brussels, the production will then be taken to Bad Homburg, Germany, in May to compete in the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies, so don’t miss your only chance to see the show if you can’t attend FEATS.
Vincent River by Philip Ridley
A man. A woman. An empty room that soon will be filled with spilled secrets. And, oh yes, a convenient bottle of liquor to make the spilling easier. “Vincent River,” written in 2000 is almost doggedly naturalistic. It takes place in real time, in the present tense, in a recognizable London. Vincent River, starts deep and gets deeper, as both characters are peculiarly confessional right away. With no time for a gentle emotional warm-up, we struggle to immerse ourselves as fully as we would like in the repercussions of the murder of 33-year-old homosexual Vincent.
Hounded by the prejudiced taunts of the neighbours on her Bethnal Green estate, Vincent’s mother Anita has been forced to move to a new flat. Here she waits, in an almost furniture-free room, with only a bottle of gin for solace. Davey, who has long lurked outside, has finally been invited in. It was he who found Vincent’s body, he says, him and his fiancée.
The final destination of the piece is clear from 10 minutes in but as Ridley handles so adeptly the accretion of layers of detail, it makes the journey worth following. Moments of black humour and blacker horror sit side by side, as Davey offloads the knowledge that has been burdening him onto the one person who is desperate to hear. First staged 10 years ago at the Hampstead Theatre, London the themes of this play are, sadly, as resonant today as they were then.
‘Philip Ridley doesn’t write plays so much as dark hallucinations in which the world is skewed through his penetrating vision, so we look at it through new eyes… As the truth is exhumed and the dead seem to walk again there is a redemptive sense that it is through honesty in our personal relationships that absolution can be found.’ (The Guardian)
This is the latest in a series of great shows brought over from Bedford’s Swan Theatre Company in collaboration with the English Comedy Club.