Squirrels/The After-Dinner Joke

21 May 2014 – 7 June 2015

Trainee Directors Showcase Production



by David Mamet
Directed by Lewis Gray

Arthur strives to write the story of a man whose hand is bitten by a squirrel. He hires fledgling writer Edmond as an assistant, but their styles clash. Attempting to collaborate, they are periodically interrupted by Arthur’s cleaning woman, who offers literary insight of her own.

A rare chance to see this 1974 play about the very nature of creativity from David Mamet, whose other plays include Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow and Oleanna.

The After-Dinner Joke

by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Sophie Boyce

Idealistic Selby resigns from her job as a personal secretary and begins work as one of the corporation’s charity campaign organisers, only to discover the extent to which politics and business can compromise a quest to do good.

In rapid, episodic scenes, five actors play over forty characters in a biting satire of the politics of charity.

A rare staging of a play first seen on the BBC’s Play for Today in 1978. Caryl Churchill's extensive career spans over four decades, including Top Girls, Far Away and A Number.

This double-bill forms the Orange Tree Theatre’s Trainee Directors’ Scheme has provided an early opportunity for some of the country’s leading directors. Past Trainee Directors include past and present Artistic Directors of theatres including: Sean Holmes (Lyric Hammersmith), Rachel Kavanaugh (Birmingham Rep), Anthony Clark (Hampstead Theatre), Timothy Sheader (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park) andDominic Hill (Glasgow Citz).

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