Vacuum

By Deborah McAndrew

 

Produced by Northern Broadsides – September 2006

Directed by Conrad Nelson

Designed by Lis Evans

Revived by Esk Valley Theatre – August 2007

Directed by Conrad Nelson

Designed by Pip Leckenby


Cast

Mr Ashburner…………………..Michael Hugo

Ray………………………………Mark Stratton

 

 

Description

It’s the end of a long week for financial adviser Ray and as he steps out of the winter rain into the dingy little vacuum repair shop he has few expectations of his new ‘client’. But the enigmatic Mr Ashburner turns out to be a man of untold wealth.

As the night progresses Ray is drawn into Ashburner’s twilight world and the fabric of his own fragile life begins to unravel.
But what else has Mr Ashburner’s father bequeathed to his lonely son? And how will Ray react when Ashburner reveals his true agenda?

In a tense drama of shifting power and status, two disparate souls come together in a touching, and humorous story of self-discovery.

Like a tale of the unexpected the play concludes with a deadly twist.

 

Reviews

“Reminiscent of Arthur Miller with a touch of Dennis Potter thrown in – do catch this if you can! A very satisfying evening at the theatre”bbc online

“…stunning….an important 21st century dramatic two-hander……astonishing “
 The Halifax Evening Courier

 “Fascinating, thought-provoking, socially relevant and philosophically provocative, this was new writing at its best, performed with passion and panache.”
 Northern Echo

Mark Stratton as RAY
PHOTOGRAPH ©NOBBY CLARK

Michael Hugo as Mr Ashburner
PHOTOGRAPH ©NOBBY CLARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH ©NOBBY CLARK

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH ©NOBBY CLARK

 

 

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPH ©NOBBY CLARK

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