my opinion the real star of the show was John Hillís writing. The gags are
funny, the story is believable, and the plot points are bold. Hillís use of
subtext is subtle and clever, blending two conversations at the same timeÖ With
an extra boost this play would not feel out of place on E4..."
Joshua Oakes-Rogers The Open Door
About the play
When a doting
husband discovers his wife is going to relationship counselling he insists on
being part of the solution, unaware that heís all of the problem.
Sebastian demonstrates one of his many relationship therapy
techniques on Kirsty, watched by her horrified husband Trevor.
"This brilliantly written short play is well worth an hour of
your timeÖ Put together the sharp
fire wit and wild claims of attempted murder and infidelity are almost
reminiscent of Monty Python. With only three in the cast and very little props it is a credit to the
writing and acting to make this comedy so brilliant ...these crazy characters would be perfect in a sitcom but until then I
highly recommend coming to see them interact in their counselling session."
Rachel Borland, London
Interview with the writer
For more information about the play and the events that inspired it, you can see an impromtu interview with the writer here.
Kirsty - Saria Steel
Saria is a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate.
TV: Kaylynn Hankey in Dead or Alive
(National Geographic), Vicky Weir in The
Wives Did It (Discovery ID), Martha in Finding
Jesus (CNN) and Natasha Hill in Silent
Theatre: Rebecca in Immaculate
(The Arches), Girl in Enemies and Apathies
(National Theatre of Scotland's Five Minute Theatre), Varvara in Black Monk (Playwrights Studio
Scotland), The Light in Drawn In (Theatre N16), Mary Anne Keeber in The Killing of Charles Bravo (Twenty Seven
Live), Maya/Anika in Flight Lessons
(Jermyn Street Theatre, Theatre 503, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Lucy
Grendle in Sherlock Holmes and the
Invisible Thing (Tabard Theatre).
She is represented by David Daily Associates and for more information on Saria click here.
Sebastian - Ethan Chapples
Theatre credits: Nick in Bedroom
Farce (Theatre Royal, Windsor), Garth in Alright Bitches (Above The Stag), Bernard in Boeing Boeing (Trinity Theatre), Sandy Tyrell in Hayfever (Theatre Royal, Windsor),
Macduff in Macbeth (LOST Theatre),
Prince/Paris in Romeo and Juliet (The
Dell, RSC), Rivers/Lord Mayor in Richard
III (Blue Elephant Theatre), Tom Jackson in Dreams From The Pit (Palace Theatre).
Film Credits: Andy in Forever Tomorrow (Ben Rider), Luck in Karma (Michael Abraham), Farmer in The Seventh (Ben Cook and Laurence Campbell), Nick in The Conspiracy of Dark Falls (Flynn
Moores). Ethan trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. He is represented by Lime Actors Management and further information about him can be found on his website.
Trevor - Tom Bonington
Theatre includes Cut Price (theatre 503), Iím a Londoner
(Courtyard Theatre), The Clinic (Pleasance London) Television work includes
EastEnders, Alan Carrís New Year Specstacular , The John Childs Story, Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story.
Films include The Confusion of Tongues, ABCs of Death 2, Brief Intermission, David and
Goliath and A Dark Reflection.
He has featured in many high-profile advertising campaigns
worldwide and also worked as a presenter. Tom is represented by the Alexander White Agency and there's more information on his IMDB page.
Directed by Manuel Bau
Credits include Soft, The Moon Rose (Etcetera Theatre, Director), How to Succeed in Business... (Royal Festival Hall, Associate Director), None of the Above and Express Check Out (Horse and Stables, Director), The Mikado (Charing Cross Theatre, Assistant Director), Porgy and Bess (Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Director on attachment), Trout Stanley (Southwark Playhouse, Assistant Director), Devilish (Workshop, Assistant Director) and The Threepenny Opera (Venice, Director).
Manuel has directed short plays at Theatre 503 and Southwark Playhouse, is a Lincoln Center Theater Lab member, and was also recently Language Consultant on Do I Hear a Waltz? at the New York City Center.
Stage Manager/Production Assistant - Allie Hunter
Allie trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Acting Diploma).
manager and technical credits include Different Class (Baron's Court
Theatre), Dinosaur Dreams (Etcetera Theatre), Devilish! (Landor
Theatre), Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre), How To Curse (Etcetera
Theatre), Legally Blonde (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Last Orders (Blue
Elephant), Singin' in the Rain (London Oratory School Theatre), Toilet Party (Courtyard Theatre), Living Between Lies (Camden People's Theatre
and King's Head Theatre) and Russell Howard (Hoxton Hall).
Producer credits include It's a Cabaret... Do you Mind? (Phoenix Artist Club) and you can reach her on Twitter - Allie_pops
Assistant Producer - Peter Vincent
Peter Vincent has written for a large number of comedians and comedy actors. He was script associate for The Two Ronnies and Dave Allen, with whom he worked for twenty years and he has had about 135 episodes of TV comedy transmitted so far, including Sorry written with Ian Davidson which ran for seven series in the eighties. More recently he has turned to writing plays and his radio comedy When The Dog Dies co-written with Ian Davidson and starring Ronnie Corbett has just been completed.
This production is supported by Player Playwrights
The group was founded in 1948 to encourage play writing by providing
members with an opportunity to have their plays presented and criticized by the
group; to improve the understanding of all aspects of playwriting by hosting guest
speakers and lecturers to meetings; and to present membersí work to the
Nearly 70 years later Player Playwrights continues to bring
together professional actors and writers with weekly readings, actor and writer
workshops, and guest speaker events. Speakers have included Alan Bennett,
Michael Palin, writer/director Jessica Swale, producer Peter Huntley and
directors David Grindley and Hannah Streeter from Paines Plough, and Indhu
For more information on the groupís annual
programme of events, please click here.
"Love knows no bounds. Certainly not ethical ones."
Ethan and Saria hard at work in rehearsals - Photo ©Allie Hunter
Flyers, posters and programmes designed by Tim Headford.
With special thanks to:
Play Playwrights and its members without whom this production wouldn't have got off the ground.
Scriptspace and The Space, where this play started life.
Mike Hume of Thelma Sly Entertainment
Chris Mellor artistic director of the Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Jennifer Tang whose insightful (as always) notes and feedback helped me improve the script.