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Lighthouse Theatre Company Presents 'Brief Encounters'     

Lighthouse Theatre Company Presents 'Brief Encounters' A double bill of masterful plays by Noel Coward at Aberystwyth Arts Centre Wednesday 16 September, 2015

“I got something in my eye one day, and he took it out…”

Fresh from their success with Charles Dickens' The Chimes, Lighthouse bring their trade-mark style to this double bill of plays about chance encounters by the inimitable Noel Coward.

Mild Oats was written in the early twenties and tells the bitter sweet comedy of a couple who have just met, coming back to a London flat late at night for one thing, only to find something very different happening.... Written early in his career Mild Oats shows Noel Coward’s emerging talents as a comic playwrite with all the elegant dialogue and unspoken tensions of his later pieces.

Still Life, is the one act play which became the classic black and white 1940s film Brief Encounter. It tells the story of Alec and Laura – a pleasant, upstanding middle-aged couple both happily married, but facing the turmoil of a doomed love affair. Set entirely within a suburban railway tea room, Lighthouse Theatre’s inventive adaptation features three multiple role-playing actors as the contrasting couples and supporting characters, alongside a live pianist who presents what Coward called the final character of the piece - the unforgettable strains of Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto.

This show began life as a co-production with North Country Theatre, touring the tea rooms and ticket halls of the Carlisle To Settle steam railway line. From there it has visited venues throughout Yorkshire and Wales, and as far afield as Uruguay and Argentina. This autumn, thanks to support from Arts Council Wales and Wales Arts International, we are delighted to embark on a tour of rural venues and theatres throughout Wales and once more to bilingual audiences in Chile and Uruguay.

Brief Encounters is a self-contained piece that last about 100 minutes with a fifteen minute interval.



Cast:

Mild Oats

He: Adrian Metcalfe
She: Llinos Daniel

Still Life:

Alec/Albert: Adrian Metcalfe
Laura/Myrtle: Sonia Beck
Beryl/Dolly: Llinos Daniel
 
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