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GamePlan – Damsels in Distress Part 1
June 13, 2016 - October 12, 2016
Designed by Ken Harrison
Directed by Richard Baron
Written by Alan Ayckbourn
GAMEPLAN by Alan Ayckbourn – Pitlochry Summer Season 2016
GamePlan is the first play in Ayckbourn’s dazzling Damsels In Distress trilogy. It is a sharp, contemporary black comedy of metropolitan morals and mishaps. If you enjoyed Communicating Doors in 2012, you’ll love this!
Sorrell Saxon has a pretty wonderful life: she attends a posh private school and lives in a smart Docklands apartment, this enviable lifestyle made possible by her parents’ lucrative online business. Yes, a pretty wonderful life . . .
Until, that is, Sorrell’s father walks out, the family business collapses, her mother Lynette has to take a cleaning job and there’s no money to pay the school fees. Then Sorrell is faced with the prospect of bidding her wonderful life farewell and moving to somewhere more affordable. Like Birmingham . . .
Appalled, Sorrell decides that she has to arrest her family’s downward spiral. Unfortunately, her plan to turn things around involves reinventing herself – online, of course – as a provider of . . .
ahem . . . “adult services” . . .
Roping in her gawky best friend, Kelly, to assist, Sorrell prepares to entertain her first client. But dabbling in ‘the oldest profession’ is never straightforward. And Sorrell’s plan falls apart before it even starts. And when the police knock at the door investigating a suspected murder, changing schools is the least of Sorrell’s problems . . .
“They say you can buy just about anything on the internet, these days, don’t they?”
About the Trilogy
Each play in this trilogy is an entirely separate, stand-alone story, featuring completely different characters. Uniquely, however, all three plays share the same actors – and the same set!
“…sometimes touching, sometimes tragic, but, mostly, outrageously funny.” The Courier
“ambitious revival… outrageously played.” The Stage
“A dark-hearted twenty-first century farce of cracked morality…let rip with comic abandon” The Herald