Swiftly returning to live stage performance, Athlone Little Theatre is promising intending audience members an evening of top class drama when the proclaimed ‘Duet For One’ by Tom Kempinski, performs at the intimate venue from April 7-13 inclusive.
Directed by Kiltoom’s Ollie Hegarty and featuring the very talented and experienced Clive Darling and Fiona Scerri in the main roles, this powerful production details the story of a brilliant concert violinist who seems to have it all, but who is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck down by an unforeseen tragedy caused by illness. Faced with a truth too difficult to comprehend, she consults the enigmatic psychiatrist Dr Feldmann and through a series of highly-charged encounters is led to examine her deepest emotions, and finally, to consider a future without music.
First produced in the Bush Theatre back in 1980, it won the London Theatre Critics award for ‘Best Play’ with both Anne Bancroft and Julie Andrews taking on the lead role at various times.
Revived in 2009, the production directed by Matthew Lloyd garnered a lot of praise, indeed, the renowned theatre critic with The Guardian, Michael Billington, described it as a “riveting evening”, while The London Financial Times called it a “wonderfully sensitive play, positive and optimistic”.
Now local audiences will get their chance to see this gripping play featuring two of Athlone Little Theatre’s finest actors, Fiona Scerri and Clive Darling, who rise to the challenge admirably of portraying this duel between two razor-sharp minds and the wry humour that underlines their often testy exchanges.
Ultimately, Tom Kempinski’s dazzling play emerges as a compelling, poignantly funny and life-enhancing tribute to the human spirit.
‘Duet for One’ runs from April 7 to 13 at 8pm in Athlone Little Theatre.
To book tickets, please visit www.athlonelittletheatre.ie
Traditionally, the opening night of a performance is a charity night with funds raised afforded to local organisations, but on this occasion the committee has decided that the proceeds will go to the Red Cross and UNICEF appeals for Ukraine.
Call 087 6502035 if you wish to purchase tickets for the opening performance.