Monday, 2 September 2013

Private Ear and Public Eye (theatre)

The first major revival of a pair of Peter Shaffer plays is coming to the Devonshire Park Theatre at the beginning of October. You might know him as the playwright who wrote Equus and Amadeus, both of which were adapted into successful films. The Private Ear and The Public Eye are two short plays, each for three actors and depicting different aspects of relationships and love. They were originally performed in 1962, starring Maggie Smith, and now give an interesting viewpoint into attitudes during the early 1960s.

Original Theatre Company are producing the current tour which stars Jasper Britton, Steven Blakeley, Rupert Hill, Siobhan O’Kelly, Charlie Hotson and Esther Shanson. The director is Alastair Whatley and the designer is Hayley Grindle. As this is the Company responsible for Three Men In A Boat last year as well as the current Birdsong, plus the fantastic Madness Of King George and Journey's End that I saw in 2010, I have high expectations! I saw Birdsong in Brighton recently and it is coming to Eastbourne in the Spring. I've already got my review written up which I will post here closer to the time.

The Private Ear is set in a musky London bedsit, where reclusive Bob, normally used to giving his full attention to his record collection, calls in a favour from Ted, his slick, confident friend, to help him treat his date, the beautiful but shy Doreen, to a slap up meal.

The Public Eye takes place in a swanky London accountancy office, where uptight Charles is confronted by Julian, an eccentric private detective hired by Charles to investigate Belinda, his young wife, whom he suspects of infidelity.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Mon 30th Sep to Sat 5th Oct, 19:45.
Wed and Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person from the Box Office and Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.