A dark comedy that explores the boundaries between public and private
- Age RatingSuitable for 15+
- Next PerformanceApril 16, 2024 7:00 pm - 8:10 pm
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written and directed by Anna Stephen
produced by Honest Fool Productions
16th - 20th April at 7pm
‘I had to check the newspapers to check on my own husband’
One evening in 1977, married stage actors Harold and Sylvia return home after performing in Macbeth. Over the course of the night, they come to blows over the exhausting pressures of fame, faithfulness, and emotional game-playing.
In an exchange that swings between kittenishness and cruelty, the couple discuss overprotective neighbours, voyeuristic headlines, lewd limericks, method acting, seafood risotto, and the exploitative public and press. However, as the friction between their personalities starts to generate heat, confessions are made and dark secrets brought to light. Harold and Sylvia must face up to the subjects they have always avoided, digging to the heart and guts of their relationship and unwrapping the bandages of untreated wounds.
Better Yesterday is a dark comedy that explores the boundaries between public and private; between passion and revulsion; between what is genuine and what is performed. The play won Oxford University Dramatic Society’s 2023 New Writing Competition, judged by award-winning playwright Sophie Swithinbank.
‘a thrilling and emotive deconstruction of a complicated celebrity marriage’
‘a tale of how an intensely invigorating spark can tighten like a vice […] before unravelling into a descent of disorderly chaos and heartbreak’
‘the chemistry between the actors is undeniable’
Honest Fool Productions: https://linktr.ee/honestfoolproductions
Running Time: 70 minutes
Content warnings: 14+ (recommended). Content warnings: strong language; sexual references; references to self-harm, alcohol abuse, suicide and domestic violence; grief and terminal illness; brief reference to abortion.
£12 full, £10 concessions