Archives - Maurice's Jubilee
by Nichola McAuliffe
Directed by Rosemary Bianchi
Friday 24th March – Saturday 1st April 2017 in the Auditorium
Will the Queen keep her promise?
Having lost their investments in the banking crisis, Maurice and Helena now live in reduced circumstances in a small suburban bungalow but Maurice has memories of a far grander past, of palaces and precious stones. Although ill, he is determined to live to see his 90th birthday and looks back fondly on a fateful meeting with the young soon-to-be-Queen Elizabeth on the eve of her coronation. As a former commando and diamond expert, he had been tasked with guarding the Crown Jewels overnight. It happened to be his birthday and he was in celebratory mood, captivating the young Elizabeth with his knowledge and charm. Inevitably the younger Maurice fell head over heels in love. They ended up dancing together and promised to meet again on his 90th birthday, the eve of her own Diamond Jubilee, a date so far ahead that neither could imagine it happening.
Helena, his devoted, long-suffering wife thinks that the story is just in his imagination, the delusional result of his cancer medication, but he is adamant that the Queen will keep her word and makes preparations for the royal visit…
This delightful three-hander is written by Olivier Award-winning actress Nichola McAuliffe and gained her the Edinburgh Stage Award at the Festival in 2012. Poignant and very funny by turns, it is a gentle, witty examination of the power of dreams and the pitfalls of ageing. She says that ‘All the best stories are in the third act of life’ and this tale, with its deft, well-observed characterisations and sparky humour, ensures that you will leave the theatre feeling good.
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Not available Sundays and Mondays.
Part of the Barn’s 2016/2017 season
Presented by The Barn Theatre Club
Event details from The Barn Theatre Archive
Friday 24th March – Saturday 1st April 2017
|Friday 24th March||8.00pm|
|Saturday 25th March||8.00pm|
|Monday 27th March||8.00pm|
|Tuesday 28th March||8.00pm|
|Wednesday 29th March||8.00pm|
|Thursday 30th March||8.00pm|
|Friday 31st March||8.00pm|
|Saturday 1st April||2.30pm|
|Saturday 1st April||8.00pm|