By: Alan Ayckbourn
Ensemble Cast: Elizabeth Boag, Rachel Caffrey, Bill Champion, Russell Dixon, Sarah Parks, Emily Pithon, Ben Porter, James Powell, Richard Stacey, Sarah Stanley, and Kim Wall.
WORLD PREMIERE! At a London rail terminus an elaborate trap is deployed to capture an elusive terrorist. The Strategic Simulated Distractional Operations Unit is ready to pounce. Civilian witness, garrulous traffic warden, Barry Hawkins and his minder, troubled young female soldier Ez Swain wait, strangers brought together at this crucial moment.
2014 not only marks Alan Ayckbourn’s 75th birthday but also 50 years since the first production of one of his plays in London’s West End, (Mr Whatnot). To date he has written 78 plays; his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world and has won countless awards.
He was Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre from 1972 - 2009, where he worked at both earlier homes of the company before establishing its first permanent base in 1996. Almost all his plays have been premiered by the company and he continues to stage the world premieres of his plays there alongside directing major revivals each year. He will direct a new musical version of The Boy Who Fell Into A Book and his 78th play, Roundelay there this summer. In recent years, he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.
"Wall’s performance turns the gullible country mouse into a gigantic hero for anyone who cares about people and who still believes in love and trust and integrity." - Molly Grogan, Exeunt Magazine
"Ayckbourn engineers structures that allow unsafety. His plays are memory palaces, and (because they are funny) forgetting palaces too." - Jesse Green, Vulture
"One of his most daring plays - a testament to a creative mind that remains anything but static!"
"Inspired Ayckbourn-defining performances from Kim Wall and Elizabeth Boag!"
-Ben Brantley, The New York Times