Humble Boy By Charlotte Jones

Felix Humble, bumbling Cambridge astrophysicist and cricket enthusiast, returns to the family home following the sudden death of his father. Flora, his difficult and demanding mother is determined to make a fresh start with George, a brash family friend. Secrets come tumbling out as Felix tries to come to terms with the past and what is yet to come.

Threads such as Hamlet, horticulture, black holes and beekeeping are woven into this warm and touching comedy which was first performed at the National Theatre in 2001 - winning the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play and the People's Choice Best New Play Award.

Charlotte Jones is hailed by many as the natural successor to both Stoppard and Ayckbourn for her intelligent and richly comic scripts. Oxford Theatre Guild has a long history of performing to both audience and critical acclaim at the Playhouse.

'This is a marvellous play: harsh and forgiving: sad, very sad; funny, very, very funny...a feast.' Sunday Times

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Half Way!

6 weeks of rehearsals down, 6 weeks to go!

We are having a blast in the rehearsal rooms - Charlotte Jones has written an amazingly funny play and the cast are revelling in the opportunities it is giving them to create vivid characters and hilarious moments.  That is not to say that the play is without a darker side - and these sections are by turns shocking, moving and very touching.  It really is an embarrassment of riches and one that we are enjoying working on.

Props and music are being added into the process - well, as many props as I can manage to carry from Jericho to Summertown without damaging my shoulders.  What Joe can do with a pitta bread will astound you - quite what will happen when we make the switch to ciabatta, I dread to think!

The weekend before last, I took a trip out to Burcot to see the sterling work that David and the set team have been doing in constructing all the stage elements.  It is always a creative challenge to balance the budget, the resources and the design but I think Vince's concept is in safe hands and will provide a great backdrop for the play.

The early layout of our steps, lawn, stone wall and beehive...

I am sure by the time I go over again with the cast, the set will have been transformed into the very image of a garden in the Cotswolds.

Everything is really starting to take shape - a great play with a brilliantly talented cast and a strong production team.  Get booking - it is going to be one to remember.

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