The Best Man by Glyn Maxwell

Duration: 1hr approx. with no interval.

Part of the Barn’s 2020/2021 season

THE BARN THEATRE CLUB presents

THE BEST MAN

By Glyn Maxwell
Originally Directed by Jon Croker

10th – 13th December at 8pm – ‘LIVE’ online from The Barn Studio

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

“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

WARNING: Contains some adult themes and strong language ( find out more )

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”

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

CAST

Bailey – Danny Swanson

CREATIVE TEAM

Original Director – Jon Croker
Barn Director – Glyn Maxwell
Production Manger – Carol Bush
Properties and Set – Sheila Grimmant
Poster –
John Cook, Simon Wallace, Steve Wilson

Production PHOTOS

MEDIA & REVIEWS​

“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 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

“Glyn Maxwell’s poetic verse is a work of art in itself and is coupled with Swanson’s precise and passionate delivery.”​

- 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

“ An outstanding piece of theatre that will strike a chord with everyone...”

- The Scotsman

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

- The List

WARNING: Contains some adult themes and strong language ( find out more )

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