Plain Quakers Theatre: Swansong – not fade away

31/03/2019, 1:00 pm

at Stourbridge Quaker Meeting House, Stourbridge

A wryly comic tale of loneliness, ageing and the inexorable passing of time, from the ‘Plain Quakers’ Theatre Company:

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. He and friend and help-meet Kenneth are chalk and cheese. 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.

But is Frank really a self-proclaimed national treasure, or just an unloved ageing bit-part player?

And who is Kenneth? Stooge, mentor or saviour; Laurel to Frank’s Hardy; or Edgar to his Lear?

Trapped in embittered loneliness, Frank’s none-too-glittering career seems to be fading away into oblivion. But the truth dawns on Frank in a surprising way . . .

According to the charity Age UK, half a million people over the age of sixty usually spend each day in complete solitude. Loneliness affects people of all ages, from all backgrounds, especially older people who have outlived their friends and  immediate family.

There will be a collection after the performance for Lesley’s Parcels, which supports the local homeless, women fleeing abuse, refugees from elsewhere in the world, people recently released from prison.

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Stourbridge Quaker Meeting House
Scott Rd Stourbridge DY8 1UR