TEN TO ONE From Best Selling Author, Pete Howells
Besotted by the decimal system and at the sad end of a marriage Lorna makes her own dull world into something she can manage. Or does she? “When there are nine, potentially ten deaths you begin to wander through the random streets of Madness City and then, at some point you begin to wonder if the persona, the character you have created for yourself is any more real than the one you created for your now dead sister, your parents, the babies or, and this is where it all began to make some sense, the strangers you pass each day on the way to work (well not strangers exactly – more like family actually) all with a life that you have created. All with a story that you have made up in order to make sense of them. Ordering them. In order. All ten of them. One of whom is dead already.
And, to make things worse, the Sultan of Bling knows something of what you know about the deceased.”
AN AUDIENCE WITH HENRY VIII By Ross Gurney Randall
An Audience With Henry VIII, a one man show, was first performed in 2015 at The Lantern Theatre, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival. It was directed by Tony Haase.
It has subsequently been performed at the Kansas City Festival before touring.
Gurney-Randall and Pete Howells’ script is witty, incisive… crammed full of a dizzying array of facts and figures, correcting common misconceptions and destroying perceived truths.
The context of King Henry’s address is inspired; it turns out that he’s dead. This clever device facilitates a genuine revelation of his ‘true’ inner thoughts, both lovely and obnoxious.
The play slyly suggests that, no matter how much we think we know, understanding the inner workings of a person’s mind is something altogether different. It short this is anything but dry history. It’s a comic romp that at times achieves palpable poignancy.
The Kansas City Star