the old friend.
"Witty, dramatic and totally engaging." - Maurice Newbery, Associate Director of PTUK
"I could not find a single thing to fault this show." - Alex Kingston, The Basic Theatre Review
"A truly well-structured play whose poignancy and humour were brought to life by solid acting and a carefully constructed performance." - Jonathon Crewe, Writer and Director (Entangled, Toy Soldiers, American Gun)
“You’ve just got to learn to make something of it. And you’re not doing that. You’ve got to try. You’ve got to try and make a life here. Like I have.”
Contentment, usually measured by our success and well-being in both the public and personal spheres of our lives, is a state we, as human beings, are told to endeavour to achieve. We are told by our culture. We are told by our environment. We are told by our biology. Love. Wealth. Health. This endeavour is a way of life to the extent that it has become almost mandatory; an evolutionary rule we are to live by. Yet culturally we condition ourselves with another, often adverse, rule. A “Golden Rule” so to speak. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Namely, treat others as you would wish to be treated. The former is primarily self-serving and selfish in its nature whereas the latter promotes selflessness and a prosocial attitude.
The Old Friend explores a moral situation posed when these “rules” collide and conflict. When does someone’s crusade for happiness merit the undermining and unravelling of another’s? Set within the confines of small-town monotony Sarah makes a choice to change her life for the better; a choice that will inevitably lead old friend Lindy, boyfriend Jez and local barman Ant to make some of their own. But will they be selfish or selfless with their choices and if it is the latter, then who is it that they will choose to help?
The Old Friend ran at Waterloo East Theatre between December 8th-10th.
Ant - James Ifan
Lindy - Lucy Pearson
Jez - Ethan Taylor
Sarah - Jennifer Whitehall
Director - Laura Weston
Producer - Rebecca Marklynn
Sound & Lighting Design - Gregory Jordan