"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. "
(Macbeth: Act V Scene V)
'Visitors' by Peter Tinniswood
Directed by: Richard Parish
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'Visitors' was the last play written by Peter Tinniswood before his death in 2003. It was adapted for radio by Tinniswood's Widow, Liz Goulding, and broadcast for the first time on BBC Radio 4 in October 2010. Liz Goulding gave special permission for Lighted Fools to mount a stage presentation of the piece.
Set on a misty Thames embankment over the course of several evenings, the play recounts the meetings of two hospital "visitors", Shacklock and the much younger Stella, whose relationship - strange, erotic and yet seemingly entirely innocent, is the bedrock of this hauntingly sad and beautiful drama about the shortness of life and the frailty of love. We are in archetypal Tinniswood territory, where nothing is straightforward, where words take on a surreal existence of their own (the visitors' respective patients live in "Indifferent Ward" and "Terrified Ward") and where the quiet beauty of much of the descriptions is undercut by recurring echoes of loss, transience and death. Our two characters' lives, like Vladamir and Estragon in 'Waiting for Godot', while providing much humour and no little sexual frisson, are essentially brief and unfulfilling.WOKING FESTIVAL
'Visitors' was presented in the 53rd Woking Festival on 13th October, 2011.
It was recalled by G.O.D.A Adjudicator Jill Colby to be presented again on the final night of the Festival.
Lighted Fools Theatre Company has entered the Woking Festival on four occasions and each time the production has received the honour of a recall.
GODA Adjudicator, Jill Colby awarded Lighted Fools the Bruzaud Challenge Cup as the Winning Play of the Festival.
David Webb won the Iain Home Rose Bowl, the Best Actor Award.
Nigel Greenaway won the Spotlight Award for the best use of lighting.
Alex Lyon won the Graham Brockis Award for the best use of sound.
There were nominations for Richard Parish as Best Director, Karen Brooks as Best Actress and John Tytherleigh and Michael Clements for their production design.
COMMENTS FROM OUR AUDIENCE ON 'VISITORS' FOLLOWING THE PERFORMANCE AT WOKING
Whilst I have to admit I wasn't too sure of the meaning, at the time it was enjoyable. Glad the Adjudicator liked it - which was obvious - think she admired the mastery of the whole production! Well done.
What fantastic performances, staging……..well, everything, last night. It was truly wonderful. I know I don’t get out much, but it really was that good. I sat back and let the reflected glory of knowing I’ve worked with you all wash over me.
I sincerely hope to see it again tomorrow at Recall Night, and wish you every success later in the evening.
Thank you so much! I found it fascinating - have been thinking about it a lot! It was so engaging and I have been thinking about that whole section where he is overwhelmed by the 'oneness' of it all (or something like that) - that section was made so unbearably sad. Wonderful!
An intriguing play with beautiful set and lighting
It was such an unusual piece and well done.
…………………..and from Liz Goulding who adapted the play for radio…………………………
(Richard Parish, David Webb and Karen Brooks with WDA President Tim Matthews after receiving The Bruzaud Challenge Cup as 2011 Woking Festival Winners)
SPELTHORNE AND RUNNYMEDE FESTIVAL
The Company was delighted that Liz Goulding attended both these two festival performances.
NDFA 2012 BRITISH ALL-WINNERS FESTIVAL