The Cagebirds & Three More Sleepless Nights
This May, the Linlithgow Players are presenting something completely different to our audience. Two 45 minute compelling pieces of theatre about relationships and communication and how difficult it can be to get the right balance for both. Our two plays have presented quite different challenges to our actors, but I am confident that they will be enthusiastically received by our discerning audience. The actors are working extremely hard during rehearsal, and I am proud of the sheer professionalism of their approach to both these works.
Below is a brief synopsis of these plays by their Directors to whet your appetite!......
Judy Barker, Chairman
THREE MORE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS by Caryl Churchill
Written by the influential contemporary British playwright Caryl Churchill, this play has been described as ‘a polished gem with serrated edges’.
In this piece we see three couples in their bedroom, each with their own emotional struggle being played out. The play gives us a snapshot of their relationships, focussing on how we can communicate or fail to communicate in quite dysfunctional and damaging ways. With its intimate bedroom setting, the audience is invited in to this most private and revealing space.
In the first scene, the insecurities of Frank and Margaret are displayed through their intense argument, with Churchill using the technique of overlapping dialogue. This creates quite a challenge for our actors, but is one which they are relishing. In contrast, the next couple, Pete and Dawn, struggle to communicate at all. Their emotional fragility is keenly felt until the relationship reaches its disturbing conclusion. The final scene initially gives us hope for change before that hope slips away.........
Despite the, at times, hard-hitting content, we have all been enjoying working on it, and are looking forward to performing it. We aim to create a compelling and poignant piece of theatre which may leave audiences with more questions than answers!
Liz Drewett, Director, Three More Sleepless Nights
THE CAGEBIRDS By David Campton
The six ‘birds’ of the title are confined in their ‘cage’. Each is totally absorbed in his or her own individual thoughts, not listening to anybody else, and each displaying the different speech and physical characteristics that give them their names. When an outsider – the Wild One – is introduced into this environment, she tries to get them to listen to her and to persuade them to break out of their physical imprisonment. But do they heed her words, or even want to, and can they break free from their mental imprisonment to contemplate physical freedom?
The play, although written over thirty years ago, is set in no particular place or time and poses questions of what imprisonment does to an individual and how different characters deal with change.
How do the ‘birds’ react to the Wild One? Will the Wild One convince anyone to break free? And what would be the consequences of such a change?
Sandra Moar, Director, The Cagebirds