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"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

October 2011

Directed by: Richard Parish
Design by: John Tytherleigh and Michael Clements
Lighting by: Nigel Greenaway
Sound by: Alex Lyon
Cast: David Webb and Karen Brooks

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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.

'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.

You never pick anything easy do you? Always the challenge - but well done all of you - the usual considered and well thought out delivery.

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…………………………
"Thank you for a great evening. It was wonderful seeing the piece come to life. Excellent performances. Great moody set and lighting. I'm so glad that you used The Rapiers version. Ever so much better.
I enjoyed it so much that I would like to come to see it again at Sunbury."

(Richard Parish, David Webb and Karen Brooks with WDA President Tim Matthews after receiving The Bruzaud Challenge Cup as 2011 Woking Festival Winners)

On the 20th October, 2011 'Visitors' was presented in the Spelthorne and Runnymede Festival.
GODA Adjudicator, Mike Kaiser awarded it the Stage Presentation Award and David Webb was nominated for Best Actor and Karen Brooks for Best Actress.

The Company was delighted that Liz Goulding attended both these two festival performances.

The production was invited to the 2012 British All-Winners Festival held at the Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn and was presented on Friday 6th July. It received an excellent adjudication from G.O.D.A Adjudicator Russell Whiteley and was placed third with only two marks separating the top three teams. Richard Parish received a nomination for the Adjudicator's Award for his direction of the play.

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