Tea and Little Sympathy
Open Stage presents a fast-moving tale about the confines of modern living
Tues 10 to Sat 14 July, 8pm
Freddie’s out of prison but his newfound freedom feels short lived as his new mundane job feels like yet another sentence. The high life he once led is now in the past as he comes to terms with the reality of staying on the straight and narrow. Veronica is trapped in a loveless marriage. Can ballroom dancing bring her the excitement she craves or will it end in more disappointment? Her husband Peter is entombed in his own little world of string, egg timers, fine bone china and of course, tea.
Cagney and Bogart, Opera and Mambo music carry you through this tale of three people who are all contending with their own form of imprisonment. Loaded with social commentary, the play explores the confines of modern living, where it seems that compassion is nowhere to be found.
Open Stage works with ex-offenders, people in recovery of addiction and those with mental health problems to encourage them to highlight the challenges faced and to give a voice to their stories. It also gives those involved an opportunity to flex their creative muscle and discover the wonder of making theatre. Through using writers and actors new to the world of theatre but experienced in the issues broached, Open Stage creates authentic productions with distinctive gravitas.