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22 to 25 April 2015

Enchanted April

By Matthew Barber
Directed by Sally Lovejoy

"As good as they come….a lush, thoroughly refreshing theatrical holiday. Escape has seldom seemed so sweet. A magical triumph" Los Angeles Times

When two unhappy but rather proper London housewives decide to rent a villa in Italy for an impulsive holiday away from their husbands, they recruit a pair of independent upper-class women to share both the cost and experience. Under the Mediterranean sun and wisteria blossom their attitudes start to change, until men once again come on the scene

A BEM for Daphne Breakspear in the 2013 Queen's New Year Honours List.
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The Phoenix Players presents

'Entertaining Angels'

by Richard Everett

Directed by Sandra Gilbert

"I've made four thousand six hundred medium-sized quiches and personally baked two tons of short crust pastry.
And for what?"

As a clergy wife, Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, following the death of her husband Bardolph, she is totally free from the restraints of being a Vicar's wife and so starts to belie her name by behaving disgracefully and enjoying being a bit of a grumpy old woman who feels she can do and say exactly what she feels.

However, the return of her eccentric missionary sister Ruth, together with some disturbing revelations force Grace to confront her husband Bardolph's ghost regarding the truth of their marriage. Meanwhile, Sarah, the new female Vicar reveals some very un-clergy-like credentials of her own to Grace's therapist daughter Jo.

Sharp-edged comedy and probing wit, ask whether God can be trusted to do anything right at all. "Or is the whole thing a divine exercise in trial and error?"

"Entertaining Angels" was first produced at the Theatre Royal Bath, in September 2009 with Penelope Keith, Benjamin Whitlow and Polly Adams in the cast.

Performance Reviews:
Chichester - "A very sharp and witty comedy".
Edinburgh - "This deceptively profound comic play was thoroughly absorbing and entertaining".
Salford (Lowry) - "A touching and heart-warming piece of of theatre that is thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish".


Grace..........Marlene Poole
Ruth............Sally Lovejoy
Bardolph....Colin Wilkins
Jo................Nicky Ashdown
Sarah.........Emma Hartup

Wednesday 28 – Saturday 31 January 2015 at 7.30pm

The Arts Centre, Devizes Road, Swindon. SN1 4BJ.

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