Intimate Exchanges

By Alan Ayckbourn

Synopsis:

A hilarious series of inter-related plays, Intimate Exchanges is a superb example of Ayckbourn’s brilliant craftsmanship and ability to intrigue and challenge his audience.

Trapped in a sterile marriage to abrasive, prep-school Headmaster Toby, Celia seeks solace elsewhere, but would a fling with emotionally-stunted Miles, Chair of the Governors, give her the fulfilment she craves? Miles is up for it, or indeed a fling with anyone if it will help him forget the amorous activities indulged in by his go-getter wife Rowena. As lively home-help Sylvie - who’s already in an acrimonious relationship with school handyman, Lionel - enters the equation, a tangled and increasingly hilarious web of deceit and intrigue weaves through Toby and Celia’s quiet back garden, in which their ramshackle shed takes centre stage!

A tour de force for two actors: Kay Francksen and Andrew Ellison play all the parts in this highly entertaining show, which brings some brand-new storylines from Intimate Exchanges to the Main Auditorium at The Mission Theatre. Performing scenes from Intimate Exchanges in New York in 2008, Kay and Andrew were nominated for Best Play, Best Actress and Best Actor off-off-Broadway, with Andrew winning Best Actor.

Intimate Exchanges
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in May 2016.

Director/s | Cast:

Ann Ellison

Ann Ellison

Director

Andrew Ellison

Andrew Ellison

Miles, Toby, Lionel

Kay Francksen

Kay Francksen

Celia, Sylvie, Rowena

Review/s of Intimate Exchanges:

Review 1: "Huge fun and well-acted"

Following an award winning Off-off-Broadway production in New York in 2008, Next Stage now reprise Intimate Exchanges with the same cast of just two actors, Andrew Ellison and Kay Franckson, for the six parts. As someone who has problems remembering a short shopping list I’m in awe of this pair, not only recalling the dialogue but, after a quick costume change, coming back as a different character…click here to read the whole review.

By Philip Horton, Bath Chronicle

Review 2: "A good production from Next Stage"

Intimate Exchanges is a fiercely difficult challenge for any company. Ayckbourn has set the challenge of 16 possible endings for the play and choices made along the way by cast and director tell the story. Here Next Stage have chosen but one of many routes which might well differ in other productions. Written between 1982 and 1983 it consists of eight major stories all originating from a single opening…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield, Theatre Bath

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