THE WOMAN IN WHITE
by Constance Cox
adapted from the novel by Wilkie Collins
A mixture of disturbing intrigue with elements of romance and comedy this play sees Sir Percival Glyde being hounded for money by his old friend, the sinister Count Fosco. His marriage to the heiress Laura Fairlie is for one reason only: her fortune. As events unfold, Glyde’s efforts to secure the money become more desperate and cruel. He is also keen to remove the threat to his reputation posed by the elusive Anne Catherick, who is physically identical to Laura. Combined with this tale are elements of romance as Laura turns for support to her drawing tutor Walter and comedy provided by her uncle. At the centre is the mystery of Anne Catherick ‘The Woman in White’.
THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE
by Bertolt Brecht
translated by Frank McGuinness
In the midst of a revolution, a Governor is executed, and his wife must flee. In the chaos, their infant son Michael is left behind. When no one else will take responsibility for the child, a servant named Grusha takes him up and goes on the run. The next three years unfold in a series of episodes showing how Grusha and Michael survive. As always, Brecht explores contradictions in his work, prying open the two sides to every transaction and probing the reasons people act against their own self-interest, while others blindly pursue it.