Not quite another country
Born in the Gardens
Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June at 7.45pm, Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls. Tickets £14.50, concessions £11 from 020 8688 9291 or at www.fairfield.co.uk. A booking fee of £2.25 per ticket may apply
C reative Cow's comic production, Born in the Gardens by Peter Nichols, combines an examination of the choices faced by a comically eccentric family with a sharp look at the state of the nation. It was first performed in 1979.
As director Amanda Knott points out, it is a timely revival.
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"Born in the Gardens is a beautifully written and very funny play, while at the same time being a devastatingly accurate snapshot of its times. Britain was as broken then, certainly divided, as it is now and our historical perspective on the play makes it even more fascinating."
Living in a crumbling mock-Tudor house are elderly Maud and her stay-at-home son Maurice, who have settled into a routine seemingly undisturbed by the very recent death of Maud's husband. Maud wants nothing more than a good sit down, to chat with the people on her television and to create exotic cocktails made with ingredients like "tequinol".
Maud is played by Katherine Senior, who says: "Leaving aside the obvious comic potential of the role, Peter Nichols has created a character with a history. She's so much a part of her time, but she yearns for a past beyond even that." Maurice (Edward Ferrow) overprotects his mother, talks to the cat, plays his drums and adores his jazz 78s.