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Presented by Next Stage Theatre Company
Matinee at 2pm on Saturday 30th November
Susan - middle-aged and married to Gerald, a fusty, self-absorbed Vicar - treads on a rake and knocks herself out. A slightly ineffectual Doctor - Bill Windsor - is summoned and, suspecting concussion, he orders Susan to rest whilst Gerald, and his waspish sister Muriel, look after her. Dysfunctional son Rick, in his early 20's, is coming to lunch and will want to see that his mother is getting better.
So far, so predictable - Alan Ayckbourn in familiar suburban territory with middle-class families, embroiled in middle-class lives and values. But this clever, thought-provoking and ultimately sobering play has a twist. To escape from her routine and mundane life, Susan invents an imaginary family. However, as Susan's concussion worsens her life begins to run out of control and soon real and imaginary worlds collide. As Susan sinks helplessly beneath the weight of these two worlds her fragile mental state reaches breaking point.
Directed by Ann Ellison BEM and performed in-the- round by an outstanding cast of Next Stage actors, headed by Caroline Groom as Susan, Woman in Mind will be a fitting conclusion to Next Stage's exciting year of Birthday productions and a fitting tribute to its patron - Sir Alan Ayckbourn.