The inspiration for David Lean’s classic film ‘Brief Encounter’, Noël Coward’s Still Life will be performed site specific in the Waterwheel bar at The Mill at Sonning.
The bar is to be transformed into the refreshment room at Milford Junction railway station. The year is 1936. The play is Still Life, that poignant and romantic tale of forbidden love written by Noël Coward, the inspiration for David Lean’s classic film Brief Encounter.
Surely one of the most haunting love stories ever told about the secret love affair between suburban housewife Laura Jesson and an idealistic doctor, Alex Harvey, who, after a brief encounter, meet at the station cafe over the course of several weeks.
The audience will sit at tables in the bar as if they are actually in the railway station itself, with live music and steam train effects to add atmosphere. Along with waiters and waitresses dressed in period clothes.
Audience members can have lunch, supper or afternoon cream tea or just a cup of coffee with a Bath Bun, and while finishing your repast the play will begin right there amongst you.
The cast comprises: Alasdair Craig (Alex Harvey), Rachel Pickup (Laura Jesson), Elizabeth Elvin (Myrtle), Antony Jardine (Albert, Stanley, Bill, Johnnie) and Emily Panes (Beryl, Mildred, Dolly, Young Man).
Still Life will run at The Mill at Sonning 20 January – 29 January.