Bright Choice

Pleasance · 30 Jul - 25 Aug · 5.10pm 1h10m

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 Akin (Cambridge 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"  The Stage

"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 Space.

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. But how far does your work characterise who you are? This is what Adam Bock's The Typographer's 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. Bock seems to mock people who actually love their jobs, who can't fail but take them home. Kenneth Avery-Clark's Dave explains why 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 August 7
9, 10, 16, 17, 21-24 Aug 8 (6.50)
Other dates 7 (5.50)
No performance Tuesdays
Book online or call 0131 556 6550

Festival Highlights · Press Release – doc / pdf · Press Photographs – gallery · Contact Us · Special Offers