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The Best Man by Glyn Maxwell

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By Glyn Maxwell
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Adapted by Aaron Sorkin
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Translated by Arthur Wing Pinero
Originally Directed by Jon Croker
Directed by Glyn Maxwell
Principal Creative 3 Alex Weaver
Postponed Due to C19

A richly dark and comic tale that absorbs the listener and makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. and a load of other schizzle about this production in a extremely overly long strapline.

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Glyn Maxwell’s well-crafted monologue is highly effective in its combination of the superficial banter expected of a best man with an unexpected dark wit. Hidden jealousies, bitter resentment and deep disgust erupt as Bailey throws open a door on the sinister side of the groom’s life and character.

The Independent

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The Best Man tells the story of Bailey, the best man at his oldest friend’s wedding. In his search for anecdotes to embellish his speech, Bailey has stumbled across a secret so shocking that it changes everything.

Glasses are charged as Bailey replies on behalf of the bridesmaids. At first it’s genial, more about him and his relationship with his old school pal, now his boss, and the boyhood escapades of ‘the alpha boys’. But revenge is sweet, and his revelations are ever more engrossing as the past is unwrapped, the future not so much toasted as roasted. The Best Man is a tale of love and cheating – with a sting.

Glyn Maxwell has long been regarded as one of Britain’s major poets. He has been awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Prize, and the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as being shortlisted three times for both the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Three of his books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems was published last year. Many of his plays have been staged in London and New York. They include The Lifeblood, which was British Theatre Guide’s ‘Best Play on the Fringe’ at Edinburgh in 2004, Broken Journey and The Only Girl in the World (both Time Out Critics’ Choices). Oberon Books publishes his Plays One (The Lifeblood, The Only Girl in the World and Wolfpit), Plays Two (Broken Journey, Best Man Speech and The Last Valentine), The Forever Waltz, Liberty, After Troy, Merlin and The Woods of Time, and the libretti The Lion’s Face and Seven Angels.

Thank you Glyn
Glyn, a long-standing Barn Member, has kindly waived his fee to perform this production.  It would be great if you were able to reciprocate by purchasing some of his work via the link below”

Some more of Glyn’s work – HERE

Part of the Barn’s 2020-2021 Season.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Originally Directed by
Jon Croker
Directed by
Glyn Maxwell
Principal Creative 3
Alex Weaver

CREATIVE TEAM

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Glyn Maxwell’s well-crafted monologue is highly effective in its combination of the superficial banter expected of a best man with an unexpected dark wit. Hidden jealousies, bitter resentment and deep disgust erupt as Bailey throws open a door on the sinister side of the groom’s life and character.

The Independent

A richly dark and comic tale that absorbs the listener and makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

The Verb Radio 3

Glyn Maxwell’s poetic verse is a work of art in itself and is coupled with Swanson’s precise and passionate delivery…An outstanding piece of theatre that will strike a chord with everyone…

The Scotsman

A head strong captivating production.

Three Weeks

Poignant, haunting and mesmerising the Best Man is a powerful meditation on chances untaken.

The Fest

Glyn Maxwell’s Superbly written one-man play coupled with Danny Swanson’s vivid characterisation will have you on the edge of your seat…

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