Shipham Players are presenting another popular supper evening – Two Plays and a Ploughman’s
The evening will take the form of two one-act plays – Talk in The Park, from the Confusions collection by Alan Ayckbourn and Party by Tom Basden.

Talk in the Park, directed by Jane Dawes, is a short 20 minute play depicting five self-absorbed characters on park benches. The play deals riotously, but with sharply pointed undertones, with human eccentricities and the human dilemma of loneliness.

“Runs between comic technique from faintly pathetic situation comedy to outright farce… Ayckbourn has demonstrated once again that even in a trivial situation he can hold the attention with his matchless ear for conversational speech, and in untrivial situations shows himself a comic writer of immortal quality.” – London Financial Times

Party, directed by Daniel Jeffery, is set during the height of the credit crunch in a humble garden shed in deepest Suburbia, where four idealists have decided to form a new political party to save the world from itself. The new fifth member, Duncan, sets about saving the world from them. Party is a comic play about small minds tackling big issues – China, sex trafficking, unfair trade coffee, whether to call the party ‘The Friendly Party’ or ‘Gladios’. And when, exactly, they should break to eat a cake. Tom Basden’s hilarious, critically-acclaimed comedy was seen at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009 and the Arts Theatre, London, in 2010.

“Tom Basden’s astonishingly well written and incredibly funny debut play about four idealists deciding to form a new political party comes to the West End… Hilarious – Don’t miss this…” – Time Out.

There will be a Ploughman’s supper served between plays.
Tickets, priced at £15.00, to include a glass of sparkling wine, will be on sale from 10.00am in the Star room at Shipham Village Hall on Saturday 29th April and thereafter from Hansford’s, The Square, Shipham. Audience members will be able to purchase tables of 10 or 12 (subject to availability) or individual tickets.

Two Plays and a Ploughman’s