In By The Half

Friday, 8 May 2009 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 9 May 2009 - 7:30pm
Jimmie Chin
Richard Hopkins
Hornby Institute, Main Street, Hornby
Madam, an actressHilary Strickett
Doris, her dresser/housekeeperMartine Todd
DoctorNicholas Ramsdale
Sylvia, Madam's pupilOlivia Bullough
Ursula, Madam's daughterLaura Christman

Madam, once a distinguished actress, lives in seclusion looked after by her ex-dresser. Their peaceful routine includes visits from the doctor and the insipid Sylvia, who takes acting lessons from Madam. But the initial acerbic comedy of the play gives way to a poignant drama with the arrival of Madam's estranged daughter who nurses a bitter secret.