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Hansard

By Simon Woods
Directed by Hannah Sayer
9th – 17th February 2024 at 8:00pm
Matinee on February 17th at 2:30pm

Funny, tender, brutal and ultimately devastating.

It’s obliquely timely, then, often waspishly funny, ultimately very moving.

Financial Times

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

Hansard; noun The official report of all parliamentary debates.

It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turn to blood-sport.

Can a play show that time stands still? In politics at least. The fact that Hansard is set in 1988 baffles some as the mirrors to today’s political landscape and attitude are uncanny. The sparring between Diana and Robin could be happening today, the themes, the despair at the world, even the ending highlights a current problem in today’s world – one that is often swept under the carpet, not discussed, covered by the British stiff upper lip and utter refusal to acknowledge some emotions.

This play is a dynamic rollercoaster of recognition: from marital battles, to polar political opinions, to the love that still peeks out beneath decades of emotional barriers.

Hansard; noun The official report of all parliamentary debates.

It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turn to blood-sport.

Can a play show that time stands still? In politics at least. The fact that Hansard is set in 1988 baffles some as the mirrors to today’s political landscape and attitude are uncanny. The sparring between Diana and Robin could be happening today, the themes, the despair at the world, even the ending highlights a current problem in today’s world – one that is often swept under the carpet, not discussed, covered by the British stiff upper lip and utter refusal to acknowledge some emotions.

This play is a dynamic rollercoaster of recognition: from marital battles, to polar political opinions, to the love that still peeks out beneath decades of emotional barriers.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Hannah Sayer

CAST

Diana Hesketh
Robin Hesketh

CREATIVE TEAM

Production Manager
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Rehearsal Prompt

MEDIA & REVIEWS​

It’s obliquely timely, then, often waspishly funny, ultimately very moving.

Financial Times

…a piece that shows Woods – who himself went to Eton and Oxford – sabotaging a world of gilded privilege.

The Guardian

A witty and devastating portrait of the governing class.

National Theatre

Touching and illuminating all at once.

The Times

Engrossing and Incisive.

Whatsonstage

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

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.

Hansard

In this production of Hansard we are committed to ensuring it does not perpetuate harmful stereotypes or prejudices while staying true to the original intentions of the playwright. The casting characteristics specified by the playwright do not revolve around race or gender as essential to the narrative. Therefore, we invite actors of all ages, ethnicities and genders to audition for the play. Our aim is to create a respectful and authentic reimagining of Hansard with a mixed ensemble cast, embracing the diversity of our performers while continuing to value artistic interpretation and remaining dedicated to fostering an inclusive and diverse production.

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