Woman In Mind

by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Philippa Taylor

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre


13th to 17th June 1995

Some notes from the Director

This play was first performed at the Round House in Scarborough, directed by the author. I first heard of it when it was an acclaimed hit in London with Julia McKenzie playing the lead; and later when it was performed by Salisbury Playhouse.

I cannot remember details of other productions I have seen, only the effect they had - and this play has the most tremendous impact, particularly the ending. I found the character of Susan utterly compelling and real, and her situation one with which I think most of us can identify (as is so often the case with this playwright: how does he so consistently turn out plays with such apparently ordinary yet strange characters? Or are we all odder than we choose to believe?

This production has involved challenging cooperation with set design, lighting and sound to indicate the different states of Susan’s mind. Remember that in this play we - the audience -see what Susan sees and fears, but that may not be what others see . . . . . .

Susan Sheana Carrington
Muriel Hazel Burrows
Lucy Sarah Walker
Gerald Albie Minns
Dr Bill Windsor Ben O’Donohoe
Andy Tony Bull
Tony Michael Antram
Rick Peter Taylor

For the Maskers
Director Philippa Taylor
Stage Manager Anne Frost
Assistant Stage Manager Jacky Pearce
Properties Ella Lockett
Set Design Edwin Beecroft
Set Building Edwin Beecrott and Bryan Langford
Set Painting Edwin Beecroft
Sound Lawrie Gee and Bryan Langtord
Lighting Design Ron Tillyer and Clive Weeks
Lighting Operator Janet Nummery
Wardrobe Angela Stansbridge
Front Of House Manager Belinda Drew
Publicity Michael Patterson
Poster Design John Hamon

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