It Takes Two

Byre Theatre, St Andrews, Fri 22 Jun, then touring


‘One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.’ Wilde’s wisdom on love is quite germaine to this performance at the Byre Theatre. Scenes from his plays, among others, feature in Red Wine Productions’ latest offering. Actor Alan Tricker explains: ‘It looks at love and relationships in a lighthearted way using extracts from popular writers of the twentieth century including Noel Coward, Dorothy Parker and Muriel Spark.’

‘The piece combines plays, prose and poems with a little music, exploring different types of relationships at different times,’ he says. ‘Work relationships, love, friendship and the teacher-pupil dynamic (viewed through the lens of Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) are all examined.

Devised by Carole Tricker, with music by Grace McIntosh and developed by the cast of three, It Takes Two opens at the Byre before touring Fife including an appearance at Crail Festival in July. Tricker comments, ‘It will hopefully refresh people’s memories of plays they’ve seen in the past or introduce them to plays they may want to see in the future.’

‘These plays are full of fun,’ Tricker says. ‘They attract a wide range of people because the language is so appealing. Wilde takes four lines to say something Coward covers in four words, but it’s all funny. There’s no great urge for the audience to walk out changed people. I hope they will walk out smiling.’

(Greer Ogston)

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