Plenty

By by Sir David Hare

Synopsis:

Written in 1975, and spanning the period between 1943 and 1962, Plenty tells the story of one brave, fiercely intelligent English girl, Susan Traherne, and her journey from the idealism and intensity of life as a teenage resistance courier in Nazi-occupied France, into a post-war life of disillusion, boredom and eventual mental decline.

Sir David Hare has described Plenty, first mounted in 1978 under his own direction, as “about the cost of a life spent in dissent". It is the source of Susan’s dissent which is the true core of the play - Hare’s scathing, satirical judgement on the behaviour of the British Establishment after World War II.

As Hare takes us from the post-war euphoria of 1945 through the Great Exhibition and into the 1950s and the Suez Crisis of 1957, there are modern resonances throughout, including the political confusion and duplicity of Suez, which culminated in international humiliation, and the resignation of the prime minister; the disillusionment and resentment of women who participated as equals in the war, but found themselves back where they were after it ended; and the concealment of mental illness – though as one diplomat comments, “in the diplomatic service a mad wife almost guarantees promotion”.

Full of passion, contrast and cutting humour, Plenty is now regarded as one of Hare’s best plays. Its themes of political chaos, betrayal, moral outrage and a country searching for a new identity could not be more topical.

Directed by Alison Paine and performed by a stellar Next Stage cast, this production of Plenty celebrates Next Stage’s 25th anniversary year and is a tribute to our Patron Sir David Hare.

Whatever has happened by March the 29th this is surely the only play to see in Brexit week!

Plenty
Dates: Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th March at 7.30pm, Matinee at 2pm on Saturday 30th March
Location: The Mission Theatre, Bath
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 Concessions)
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Director/s | Cast:

Alison Paine

Alison Paine

Director

Marc Bessant

Marc Bessant

Raymond Brock

M AUNG & FRENCHMAN 2

M AUNG & FRENCHMAN 2

M

Bob Constantine

Bob Constantine

Sir Andrew Charleson

Fiona Costelloe

Fiona Costelloe

Louise

Sarah Curwen

Sarah Curwen

Mme Aung

Verity Ferris

Verity Ferris

Dorcas Fray

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Alice Park

Vincent Lockwood

Vincent Lockwood

John Begley & Frenchman 1

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Mick

Dominic O’Connor

Dominic O’Connor

Leonard Darwin

Liz Wilson

Liz Wilson

Susan Traherne

Martin Allsop

Martin Allsop

Lazar