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The Birds

Swan Theatre Company present
The Birds
By Connor McPherson24th to 27th September at 8:00pm
(Wednesday to Saturday)
Based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier
By kind permission of Nick Hern Books

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Based on Daphne du Mauriers 1952 short story of the same name, the play is set in an isolated lakeside house, sometime, somewhere in the soon-to-be present...

Relative strangers Nat and Diane have taken refuge in an abandoned dwelling, seeking sanctuary from the winged beasts that have been killing all around them.

The electricity is down, supplies are low, and the gulls rise, ritualistically, with the tides.

With the arrival of young Julia who has a mysterious nature of her own, a growing sense of fear
and paranoia creates an internal power struggle every bit as dangerous as the threat from the world outside.

More psychological drama than horror story Connor McPherson's play deals with the complexities of humanity: relationships, the fragility of social bonds and the strength of the female psyche.

"deliciously chilling, claustrophobic, questioning, frightening; and with a twist"
Irish Independent

For Services Rendered

Production Dates - Tuesday 11th to Saturday 15th November 2014

Fourteen years after the end of the First World War, Sydney is blind, Collie is bankrupt and Howard is an alcoholic. And it’s not exactly the land fit for heroes they were promised. Eva’s fiancée didn’t come back from the war, Ethel has married beneath her but stoically tries to make the best of it and their younger sister Lois is afraid she’s going to end up like them.  The Ardsley family circle is not extensive; this is small town England in 1932 and times are hard; there seems to be no escape for any of them.
For Services Rendered sheds a harrowing light on provincial middle-class England after the war.
The play has a cast of twelve, six male and six female, with an age range from 26 to 66. For more information contact Matt Baker, matt.baker.65@ntlworld.com      or phone 07531340476.

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Welcome to The Swan Theatre Company

The Swan Theatre Company can trace its origins back to the 1940s when members of the Bradgate Tennis Club wanted something to keep them occupied during the winter months. It has always been known for tackling the occasional ‘difficult’ play but at that time a policy was established to produce not only new plays but also those more challenging. That often led to an interesting season artistically if not financially.

During the sixties and seventies the group held rehearsals in "the hut" on Linden Road, Bedford. From these sparse premises came a wide variety of productions from "Toad of Toad Hall" (1968) through "The Crucible" (1967 &1973) to "Macbeth" (1975) and "The Merchant of Venice" (1979). There followed a period of rehearsals in Bennett's Works, (now the museum), before Bedford Dramatic Club and the Bradgate Players took up residence in the old Allen Park pavilion. The ill wind, (or careless firework), which destroyed the pavilion in 1983, left both groups temporarily homeless until the formation of The Bedford Players. In 1986, a number of the local groups got together and acquired some land from the Borough Council and surplus temporary classrooms from the County Council to create rehearsal and storage space. These buildings were already well beyond their useful life but they lasted another 10 years or so.

The renaming of the company came from a desire to change artistic direction and to inject a fresh input to the local theatrical scene. The newly named company aims to produce quality and exciting theatre and specialises in recent West End successes but also endeavors to present a balanced programme catering for all tastes and ages.

When the opening of The Place Bedford was first announced in 2001, The Swan Theatre Company were one of the first groups to commit to using the venue giving Bedford Players Trust, the arts trust which established The Place, the confidence to proceed with the venture. Swan’s production of ‘A Day in the Death of Joe Egg’ was the first full scale production at the Place in January 2003, and many exciting and challenging productions have followed includingRosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Miss Julie, Talking Head, and Journeys End to name but a few. The Place, being a very flexible space, has enabled the Company to continue its policy of new and challenging productions presented in as a professional way as possible.

As a club, Swan are always looking for new members to get involved in any aspect. 
Interested people should contact the Chairman chairman@swantheatrecompany.com

Click here to read a welcoming letter from the new Swan Theatre Chairman, Julie.