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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
FROM THE BARN THEATRE ARCHIVE

Alys, Always

By Lucinda Coxon
Directed by Mel Powell
14th – 22nd April 2023 at 8:00pm
Matinee on April 22nd at 2:30pm

Duration: 2 hrs 30 min including one 15 minute interval.

I don’t know what your game is, but you need to pack your bag.

An unsettling thriller from the subculture.

The Times

This production is presented by arrangement with the wonderful Nick Hern Books

Alys, Always is a gripping modern thriller, adapted by Lucinda Coxon from the bestselling novel by Harriet Lane.

With shades of Hitchcock, The Talented Mr Ripley and Dear Evan Hansen, it was first staged at the Bridge Theatre in London in 2019 starring Joanne Froggatt and Robert Glenister.

It tells the story of Frances, a lowly sub-editor and general dogsbody on the books desk of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside looking in.

One evening, driving home in the rain after visiting her parents, she comes across an overturned car crumpled on the side of the road. It’s a twist of fate which presents her with an opening into the heart of the family of a famous novelist, and into the world on the other side of the window.

How far is she prepared to go? And how many lies will she tell to stay there?

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Mel Powell

CAST

Laurence
Robin/Mr Thorpe
Audrey/Mrs Thorpe
PC Nagra/Julia Price
Alys/Receptionist

A very big thank you to vintage clothing store H Town Rags of Hitchin for the loan of costumes for Polly.

Production PHOTOS

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MEDIA & REVIEWS​

An unsettling thriller from the subculture.

The Times

Scenes unravel in rapid succession, merge, and even run in parallel.

Culture Whisper

A stylish staging of Harriet Lane’s thriller.

The Guardian

A black comedy of middle-class manners… it quietly grips.

Telegraph

DON'T FORGET, COMING UP AT THE BARN SOON

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At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

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