Sisterly Feelings

By Alan Ayckbourn

Synopsis:

Sisterly Feelings offers Bath and Cornish audiences the chance to see not one, but four, versions of a classic Ayckbourn comedy. The play is so crafted that at the end of Scenes 1 and 2 actors make choice determined, firstly, by the toss of a coin and secondly by the whim of an actress. The choices, random or contrived, will enable audiences to follow different stories on different days. On Friday 19th June and Thursday 2nd July the performances will be random, with no one knowing which acts lie ahead!

The action of the play centres on the lives of two sisters: Abigail and Dorcas. Abigail is struggling with an unsatisfactory marriage to an upwardly mobile businessman: Patrick, whilst Dorcas is involved with a less than inspiring boyfriend: Stafford. Into the sisters' lives comes bronzed, athletic Simon who appears the epitome of each sister's innermost desire. A tussle between the two sisters as to which one of them can 'win' Simon provides moments of hilarious Ayckbourn comedy, whilst the more serious implications of modern relationships are not overlooked.

The entire action of Sisterly Feelings is set on Pendon Common. The Minack Theatre provides the ideal setting for teh open-air action with kite flying, picnics, camping and cross-country runs enabling all facets of its stage to be explored. Audiences will be intrigued to see if the play's demands for 'torrential' downpours, or night-time scenes are perfectly timed to coincide with Cornish weather and sunsets!

Next Stage is delighted to have been invited to try out the prestigious Minack Theatre, but also very grateful to all its loyal Bath supporters for havin gthe chance to try out audience reactions on home territory and in the dry!

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This show was performed at Multiple Venues in June 1998.

Director/s | Cast:

Director

Dr Ralph Matthews

Paul Dyson

Paul Dyson

Len Coker

Bridget Casse

Bridget Casse

Rita Coker

Joanna Bowman

Joanna Bowman

Abigail Smythe

Jan Greenwood

Jan Greenwood

Dorcas Matthews

Benjamin Norman

Benjamin Norman

Melvyn Matthews

George Gent

George Gent

Patrick Smythe

Dave Saunders

Dave Saunders

Stafford Wilkins

Emma Frampton

Emma Frampton

Brenda Grimshaw

Darian Nelson

Darian Nelson

Simon Grimshaw

Andrew Ellison

Andrew Ellison

Constable Murphy

Tony Wood

Tony Wood

Major Lidgett

Review/s of Sisterly Feelings:

Review 1: Chance Encounter

Next Stage is probably cursing the day it asked author and patron Sir Alan Ayckbourn to write a programme forward for its production of Sisterly Feelings. In it, Sir Alan talks about his fascination with chance happenings in the theatre - the night the set fell down or the theatre cat wandered on stage. He explains how these events become the only thing that people remember about the show. Sir Alan…click here to read the whole review.

By Jo Wyborn, Bath Chronicle

Review 2: A Case of the rain rainging on the lust for farce

When the players applaud the audience, as they did as the metaphorical curtain came down at the Minack on Monday, then there is no need to ask what the weather was like. While the Bath-based Next Stage Theatre Company, making its debut here, couldn't have forecast or foreseen the flaming fickle June we've suffered this year, nevertheless, it was tempting fate, to say the least, to opt for a first production…click here to read the whole review.

By Frank Ruhrmund, The Cornishman