Lucy
Nordberg


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"Naturalistic theatre at its best"
Fringe Review

This play examines the curiously personal nature of power play in the modern age.

John is a successful businessman whose company owns several newspapers. Now nearing retirement age, he's concerned about how the world will remember him. He asks his younger brother, Geoffrey, to write his biography.

But the brothers haven't met for many years. Geoffrey stayed in England to become a writer, while John emigrated to America. As a biographer, Geoffrey prefers historical subjects who are safely dead and easy to study. He also hates the business world. Against his better judgement, his wife - who is also his agent - persuades him to take the commission. Geoffrey finds himself documenting a complicated situation.

John is trying to persuade his young actress wife, Miranda, to star in a film to re-ignite her career - a career she'd rather leave behind. Also involved in the project are two up-and- coming film director brothers, a well-established couple who host a TV chat show and a model desperate to become an actress.

Lost among these fame-hungry people, Miranda finds an unexpected ally in the reluctant recorder of this world - Geoffrey.

Every personal relationship in the play is also a business relationship, and the people around the brothers are drawn into the struggle that develops between them. Can John keep control of the players in his game?

The play was staged at the Brighthelm Centre for the Brighton Festival Fringe 2010. Director Chris Hislop used traverse staging to draw the audience into the action, giving the feeling that the audience were fellow 'guests' in John's mansion. He counterbalanced the shade of tragedy in the piece by bringing out the humour of a 'film within the play' - an updating of the idea of a play-within-a-play.