How finding yourself abroad can lead to revelation and self-discovery
Funny things happen when Brits go abroad and April In Paris - at the Kino Teatr in St Leonards - is a play reflecting what can unravel when we find ourselves in a different world.
Acting in it will be local actress Rachel McCarron with Jonny Magnanti, with performances from November 4/5 at 7.30pm and November 6 at 2pm.
This comedy, also directed by Jonny, is by one of Britain’s most popular playwrights, John Godber, and centres on Al and Bet who lead a quiet, boring life in Yorkshire. After 20 years of working for the same company, Al has been made redundant and cannot find another job. Frustrated with their life and worried about their future, the marriage has stagnated.
Then Bet wins a Romantic Breaks competition in a magazine. The prize is a holiday for two in Paris. This is their first experience abroad and has a profound effect on the way they view their life and the world. The play is about the re-awakening of interest, the blossoming of talents and the re-energising of a relationship. It is also about finding some identity with the world outside your own country.
Rachel trained at Mountview Theatre School in London. Her credits include Grizabella in Cats, and Whistle down the Wind in The Palace theatre on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue. Other musical credits include Camelot, Doz Faust and The Kids from Shame.
She has worked extensively with Orchard Theatre, The Common Players and Foret Forqe and at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.
Since Rachel moved to St. Leonards 10 years ago, she has performed in various local theatres as an actress and singer.
Jonny Magnanti Born grew up in Leeds and left Yorkshire to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1984. He has been a professional actor since 1987.
He has enjoyed challenging roles in a variety of demanding works such as his stint in the epic contemporary drama Three Winters, at The National Theatre, directed by Howard Davies. TV viewers will have seen him in everything from Casualty to Dinnerladies, Touching Evil, The Bill, and The Three Musketeers. Tickets £16 from www.kino-teatr.co.uk.