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Two by Jim Cartwright

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Purple Fish Productions is proud to present

by Jim Cartwright
BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Wellington
21-26 February 2006 at 8.00pm
(04) 802 4175

“A sharp, salty quick fire evocation of the surface gaiety and underlying melancholia of English pub life.”The Guardian
“Jim Cartwright is one of the mavericks of British theatre.” Daily Telegraph
“Brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic.” Sunday Times
“Broad humour, dry wit and often shudderingly moving poetry.” Time Out
“Seton and de Burgh slip into and out of the characters with remarkable dexterity and warmth.” Edmonton Journal
“These two actors are hot...and bring the entire population of a Northern pub to life.” Westender Vancouver
“Supremely confident performers, physical, deliberate and graceful.” (five stars)
Winnipeg Free Press

A sharp and touching slice of English life set in a Northern Pub owned by a savagely bickering husband and wife. Two is a series of short vignettes that skilfully combines pathos and humour, with all fourteen characters played by two actors. During the course of the evening assorted customers pass through including a little boy left behind by his father - an event which triggers a movement towards a fragile reconciliation between the pub couple, as their own dark tragedy is revealed.

Two is written by award winning playwright Jim Cartwright whose other plays are consistently performed around the world and have been translated into twenty languages and include Road and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice upon which the film Little Voice was based.

Purple Fish Productions is a diverse and energetic company founded in June 2001 by Luan de Burgh from London and Michelle Seton from New Zealand and based in London. Since its inception Purple Fish Productions has produced shows in London (including Keyboard Skills by Lesley Bruce and Can't Pay? Won't Pay! by Dario Fo), taken part in the 2002, 2003 & 2004 Canadian Fringe Festivals with Jim Cartwright's Two, Michael Frayn’s The Two of Us and their hugely popular company devised piece Perseus Uncovered which also played to sell out houses at the Wellington Festival (BATS Theatre) in New Zealand in 2005. Purple Fish Productions has been funded by the UK Lottery to produce two Children’s shows Told by a Dodo and More Tales from a Dodo which played at children’s theatres, festivals and schools in London, Ireland and Canada.

Luan de Burgh trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London and the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris and has worked on the London and international stage for ten years. He is also a voice over and spoken word artist and a flautist and a regular guest on London’s LBC 97.3.

Michelle Seton trained at the Desmond Jones School of Physical Theatre in London and the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris and with Philippe Gaulier. She has worked extensively in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand where she started her career with numerous screen appearances including Shortland Street and a variety of roles in Hercules.

Director: Titania Krimpas (Royal Shakespeare Company, Old & Young Vic Company)
Designer: Cleo Pettitt


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