Beyond Therapy


BEYOND THERAPY FLYER Written by Christopher Durang

Performed in February/August 2000

Thirty-somethings Prudence and Bruce meet through the personal ads and try to find some sort of happiness despite the riotous interference of their crazy psychotherapists and a slightly upset live-in lover!


BACKGROUND

By arrangement with Samuel French Limited.

American writer Christopher Durang’s wild take on relationships is immensely popular in America.  Durang’s, absurbist style makes Beyond Therapy one of the most frequently-produced plays.

In February 2000, TheatreFusion presented Beyond Therapy to audiences in East Kilbride, Cumbernauld and at the Chandler Theatre in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Audience response to the production was excellent, and the performances in Glasgow were a complete sell-out.

Beyond Therapy then enjoyed it’s first, very successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2000.


VENUES

  • Cumbernauld Theatre, Thursday 10th February at 7.45pm.
  • East Kilbride Arts Centre, Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th February at 8.00pm.
  • Glasgow: Chandler Theatre, RSAMD, Friday 25th to Sunday 27th February at 7.30pm.
  • Rocket @ Theatre Arts Centre, 10 Davie Street, Edinburgh, Monday 21st -Saturday 26th August 2000, 7.00pm

CREDITS

Writer Christopher Durang  |  Director  Deborah Cannon-Carmichael  Stage Manager  Shaun McLaren  |  Asst Stage Manager  Mark MacGregor  |  Lighting / Sound  Bruce Downie/Simon Capes  Photography  Henriikka Clarkeburn  Programme  Thomas Gemmell  |  Poster/Artwork  Irwin Stuart Design

Prudence  Abigail Gemmell  Bruce  Thomas Gemmell  |  Dr Framingham  Alan Bryant  Dr Wallace  Connie MacLeod  |  Bob  John Gilmour  Andrew the Waiter  Shaun McLaren


REVIEWS

The Stage : There is a lot to like in John Gilmour’s edgy performance as petulant boyfriend Bob, and Thomas Gemmell’s work as soft-spoken, conflicted Bruce.

 It is also a treat to see Abigail Gemmell play Prudence as a woman who, even when pushed, cannot bring herself to relish taking control of her own life…

 design and costumes work very well – and the music and lighting are spot on…

Audience :

I have never laughed so much in a long time and am glad that I went on the opening night as it will give me the chance to see it again.

Unusual/controversial subject in humorous play. 

Situations we could all get ourselves into… Yikes – could Prudence really be me?


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