Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Of Mice And Men (theatre)

Eastbourne Operatic and Dramatic Society (EODS) are preparing for their first show of 2013 which will be performed in February at the Birley Centre. They have chosen John Steinbeck's stage adaptation of his own classic novel, Of Mice And Men. The play is being directed by Cathryn Parker.

Set in Great Depression era California, Of Mice And Men is a classic portrayal of enduring friendship and unfulfilled dreams. I remember reading and enjoying the book as a teenager at school. I don't know whether it is still on the syllabus but if so, this would be an ideal opportunity for students to gain another perspective on the work.

Two casual farmhands, uneducated but intelligent George and simple giant Lenny, dream of having their own little homestead where they can provide for themselves and Lenny can tend rabbits. Lenny loves to stroke soft things like rabbit fur, but the pair are travelling on again after a misunderstood incident in their previous town. Lenny's attempt to stroke a woman's dress had been construed as attempted rape when, panicked, he refused to let go. Now in Soledad, George has found more work for them both and their dreams again seem to be possible.

Birley Centre, Thu 21st - Sat 23rd Feb, 19:30.
Matinee, Sat 23rd Feb, 14:30.
Tickets £12 (£10 concessions), available by calling 07840 473818 or emailing eodsboxoffice@gmail.com

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