Stages

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DOI: 10.5040/9781472582676.40000019
Acts: 1. Roles: Male (1) , Female (4) , Neutral (0)

In Stages, the life story of Richard Fenchurch, an ageing artist and writer, is unwound as his sanity unravels. He tells his story, remembering details and revealing secrets as visitors, both apparently real and obviously imagined – his ex-wife, daughter, former lover, neighbour, psychiatrist – enter the stage uninvited to play their part, either reliving past events or trying bravely to secure his future in the face of his disintegrating mental health.

Described by the Independent as ‘A delicate chamber piece, the play is also an echo-chamber of themes from Storey's earlier work, especially the difficulty of reconciling working class roots with a career as an intellectual and artist’, Stages premiered on the Cottesloe stage of the National Theatre, London, on 12 November 1992, in a production starring Alan Bates and directed by Lindsay Anderson.

From Storey Plays: 1

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Bloomsbury Publishing

David Storey

ISBN: 9780413673503

Series: Contemporary Dramatists

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