A Cavalcade of Fools
Written and directed by Andrew Barsby
Date & Time: 28th September-1st October 2016
7.30pm (2:30pm Saturday matinee)
Venue: Wesley Memorial Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford
Groups 8+: buy 7 tickets, get the 8th free (in person or by phone)
A bitter-sweet romantic comedy
A bitter-sweet romantic comedy, set in the little world of amateur theatre
Maggie, the director of an amateur theatrical company, holds the hands of some distinctly mixed actors as they stumble through rehearsals for a new production. One of her new recruits is Martin, a middle-aged accountant – recently dispossessed of his job and his wife, he's in search of some small success in life.
The play-within-a-play tells the tale of an ancient power struggle: on the one hand, the dissolute inhabitants of a mouldering abbey, on the other, the scheming Veiled Lady and her retinue, who have occupied a nearby castle. For Martin, in the reluctant rôle of an elderly monk, acting proves to be no escape from drama and affairs of the heart.
Will the cast pull it off? Who is the mysterious Veiled Lady? Can piety defeat military might? Whither the Cavalcade of Fools?
This new play by Andrew Barsby is a joyful investigation into love and hate, war and peace, the perverse splendour of human relations and the sheer unreliability of Fate itself.
Maggie - Fleur Yerbury-Hodgson
Martin - Matthew Blurton
Joy - Sarah Hutchison
Richard - James Silk
Diana - Angela Myers
John - Gavin Gaughan
Les - Anton Renouf
Roger: -Tim Eyres
Tracey - Louisa Swiergon
Poppy - Eloise Sheffield
Directed by Andrew Barsby