21 to 29 April 2017
in the Studio Theatre
A double bill of One Act Plays
Hughie by Eugene O'Neill & The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard
Hughie by Eugene O'Neill
directed by Dan Walker
New York is on the cusp of the Great Depression; in its seedy underbelly, small-time gambler Erie is crawling back into his hotel after days of drunken mourning. The Night-Clerk would rather be somewhere – and someone – else, but to his horror he finds that Erie has many tales to tell about his lost buddy. ‘Hughie’ is Eugene O'Neill's completely honest exploration of a friendship between two people, one of whom is an inveterate liar, and the struggle to make new connections when we feel alone.
The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard
directed by Mary Allen
The Real Inspector Hound is a wildly funny, surreal comedy. The action is set in a theatre, where it’s the first night of an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. The play is watched by two critics, who make ponderous - and very funny - pronouncements about it. A character is killed. Inspector Hound comes onstage to try and solve the mystery. Gradually the critics are drawn into the action, with catastrophic consequences. Only at the end do we learn who is the Real Inspector Hound.