Director’s Perspective

Twenty years ago I watched a brilliant performance of ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’, by the Company of Ten (St Albans) – promptly fell in love with this masterpiece of a play, and have always hoped to direct it one day. Well, twenty years later, here we are!

Frank McGuinness’ piece is hugely demanding of its cast, requiring not only wide-ranging acting skills, but physical stamina as well; ‘on stage’ throughout the action, each character is ‘on’ the whole time.

It has been richly rewarding to work with three highly committed actors, seeing them tease out the depths or their individual protagonists, and building the storyline of their incarceration; set in Beirut some twenty five years ago, their plight is just as relevant today.

The hostages experience wild mood swings – sometimes supportive of one another, then full of anger and fight – but unable to touch, chained as they are; reversions to childhood – some happy, some not – even centuries-old national hatred surfaces – inevitably it all comes back to their frustration and fear of not knowing whether they will be released – or even will they live or die?

Please come along and find out. Join us at the Henderson Hall from 29th March to 1st April – this is a play that you won’t forget – yes, there are tears – but plenty of laughs as well.

Sylvia Pool

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