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Autumn Production 2011 - "Looking Back - Falling Forward" - Short One-Act Plays

Venue: Berufsfachschule Kohlenberggasse, Basel

6/7/8/13/14/15 October 2011

Night - by Harold Pinter, directed by Richard Brown
Liz Shaw - Woman

Antony Hehir - Man

This is a dialogue between a married couple in their forties who reminisce about their past. These two live tgether in what they call love, yet on the memories of their initail and most intimate moments there is a inexplicable discrepancy.

Night was played twice, at the beginning of the evening and again after the interval. The text of this play is so rich that it is open to a nuber of interpretations which was explored as the piece opens the first and second acts in different guises.

Death of a Clown - by Paul Beard, directed by Zuzana Cox
This was the Semi-Circle entry at FEATS in June, which was awarded third place in the competition.
Steve Martin - Clown
David Cox - Ringmaster

As they wait for the death of thir father - the ringmaster and head of the family circus - his two sons fight to gain control of the circus and its future.

Norma - by Alun Owen, directed by Penny Rettig
Jamie Sievert - Man
Karolina Kowalska - Norma
Anthony Hehir - Man

A playlet about an unmarried couple, an affair and the end of it.

Ruby of Elsinore - by Bruce Kane, directed by David Cox
Zuzana Cox - Ruby
Eric Collino - Ghost
Eleanor Low - Ophelia
Marcel Halid - Hamlet
David Laurie - Claudius
Christine Archer-Lockwood - Gertrude

This is a comedy about the confessions of the characters from 'Hamlet' to Ruby, the castle's hairdresser.

All of these are one-act plays. Norma and Night are 10-minute plays.

A series of one-act plays in English where misunderstandings about the past may lead to an uncertain future for the characters.

With 'Death of a Clown', the Semi-Circle received the Taché Diamonds Award for the third place at the FEATS European theatre festival in Geneva in June 2011.



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