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Preview: Snake in the Grass at Newcastle People’s Theatre
Snake in the Grass
by Alan Ayckbourn
Newcastle People’s Theatre
Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th April 2017
A dilapidated tennis court; a reunion of two estranged sisters; the blackmailing nurse of their recently-deceased father; dark family secrets. Can a ghost story tell us anything about human nature?
In a departure from his more familiar comedies, Snake In The Grass sees Alan Ayckbourn turn his pen to a spooky exploration of the sibling rivalry between stringent Annabel and scatty Miriam, all unfolding in the garden of a macabre family home.
All of the trademarks that make Ayckbourn a master of his craft are here: the wry humour, a tight plot that twists and turns, and a fascination with loveless relationships. Add to these the unsettling influence exerted by an unseen character and you have a superbly engrossing mystery on your hands.
This rarely-performed gem by the master playwright is half black comedy, half psychological thriller.
Ayckbourn is undergoing something of a renaissance at the moment, with his latest play, a two-part, five-hour work called The Divide,forming the centrepiece of the upcoming Edinburgh International Festival.
A little nearer home, at the People’s they have something of a reputation for bringing plays to Newcastle that have never before been staged in the city. Snake In The Grass is just such a play and we’re proud to be giving this quirky and atypical piece from Ayckbourn’s (extensive!) back catalogue its debut in the Toon.
Snake In The Grass appears from Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 April 2017 at 7.30pmat The People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF
Tickets cost £13.50 (Concessions £11) and are available from the box office on 0191 265 5020 or online from www.peoplestheatre.co.uk