The Company of Players (CoPs) - Hertford

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Season: 1982-1983
16th – 23rd April 1983 at 8pm Alphabetical Order
By  Michael Frayn
Directed by Ray Newton

The library office of the provincial newspaper where the action takes place is a scene of permanent and utter confusion – the cluttered chaos of the room being matched by the general life of its manageress, Lucy, and her associates, but it is also a scene of warmth and easy, if somewhat juvenile and irresponsible, light-heartedness. Into it somes Leslie, a new young assistant with a passion for organisation. In a very short while, she has transformed both the office and the lives of its ingabitants and visitors into something orderly and neat – and also arid and colourless. An announcement that the paper is to close, leads (in Leslie’s absence) to a revitalising and glorious orgy of destruction and return to chaos, but Leslie can cooly cope with even this crisis – and Lucy is left smiling wryly at the second and final, “End of the Play”.

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