The Typographer's Dream
by Adam Bock
Is what you are who you really are or are you what you do? Adam Bock's subtle, stylish play brings three thirtysomethings together to find out.
"a delight: a well-presented, engaging and funny look at life and relationships, performed with zest... making Owen Lewis' production a Fringe highlight" The List
This European premiere from the author of Fringe 2002 hit Swimming In
The Shallows is directed by Owen Lewis (How To Lose
Friends and Alienate People - Soho Theatre 2003, Got to be Happy -
The Bush Theatre 2003) and features a fantastic cast – Kathryn
Spies for the BBC
and in Edinburgh Cella-la (That Woman) at the Traverse Theatre),
Kenneth Avery-Clark (Ragtime and 125th Street in
the West End), and Nicola Redmond (Tender at Hampstead
Theatre and Shang-a-Lang at
The Bush Theatre).
"a ripping, multi-level work that keeps you hooked right till the end thanks to this near perfect production from Bright Choice... one of the most exciting plays to make a splash this Fringe"
"I should quit my job. Dave should question his relationship. You should stop thinking you know what everyone should do."
Presented by Martin
Sutherland and James
Seabright for Bright Choice
Productions. Supported by a TIF/SOLT New Producers
Bursary financed by The Society of London Theatre and supported by Arts
Council England, the Mackintosh Foundation, Clear Channel Entertainment
UK and the
Equity Trust Fund. Subsidised rehearsal space provided by the Jerwood
Press on the Edinburgh production –
METRO 21 August 2003 – THAT IT IS increasingly difficult to
allow work to exist in a separate domain from the rest of life is obvious.
far does your work characterise who you are? This is what Adam Bock's The
Dream attempts to explore - in an amusing, thoughtful, fashion. It follows
the thoughts of three professionals - a stenographer, a geographer and
a typographer. In the first half, they speak in monologue - well, the
geographer (Annalise) and stenographer (Dave) talk over Margaret. She becomes
the object of much of our sympathy - Nicola Redmond plays her as a thirtysomething
frustrated and yet enthralled by her love of the letter.
In one period of her life, she explains, she got up and designed a different
letter A every day. All three actors portray such minutiae expertly.
seems to mock people who actually love their jobs, who can't fail but take
them home. Kenneth Avery-Clark's Dave explains
he loves stenography - and becomes funny rather than interesting. It's
only when the characters finally interact with each other that the subtleties
return. They find it difficult to listen to each other, they're
increasingly wrapped in their own worlds, oblivious of how they look. It's
all the fault of the demon Work, of course.
Previews 30 July - 2 August £4 2 for 1 3, 4
9, 10, 16, 17, 21-24 Aug £8 (£6.50)
Other dates £7 (£5.50)
No performance Tuesdays
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