The first was The Lady In The Van, the Alan Bennett comedy, which we were lucky enough to catch at Brighton's Theatre Royal in April. Nichola McAuliffe was tremendous in the title role and I was amazed to see The Lady's vehicles actually being driven onto the stage. How did they fit in the wings?!
The second tour is DNA and this one is coming to Eastbourne. The Dennis Kelly play has been directed and designed by Anthony Banks at the National Theatre and features a predominantly young cast. First performed at the National Theatre in 2008, this startling play is fast becoming a contemporary-classic with young audiences and has recently become a core set-text on the GCSE English syllabus.
Eastbourne Theatres have put on a couple of 'younger' plays recently which have done well - firstly 'Punk Rock' and then the incredible 'Mogadishu' - so I hope this one will also get good support.
Dennis Kelly explores the dynamics of group behaviour in this compelling thriller. A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right?
Devonshire Park Theatre, Thurs 17th - Sat 19th May
All evenings 19:45, Fri & Sat matinees 14:30
Suitable for ages 12+
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