Woman in Mind – Birmingham and Dundee Rep

Marilyn Imrie Director
Ti Green Designer
Mark Doubleday Lighting Designer
Pippa Murphy Composer
Lewis den Hertog AV Designer

One afternoon Susan finds herself lying on the lawn of her suburban garden, concussed by a garden rake, and the family doctor tending to her; soon her adoring, handsome husband and the rest of the family arrive home to spoil her.

But when her real husband – a vicar whose main love is writing the 60-page history of the parish – arrives home, we realise that Susan has created an entire fantasy family as an antidote to the real one.

Soon, as Susan becomes increasingly bewildered, the two worlds start to overlap – and finally collide, leading to situations of hilarious but agonising awkwardness.

It’s wrong to bottle things up, then?

At worst, there’ll be an almighty explosion and a great deal of damage. Even at best, you’re liable to finish up with your dinner all over the ceiling.

Something, but something, will have to give…

Woman in Mind is a devastatingly funny and poignant play about a woman slowly unravelling.

Alan Ayckbourn is the most frequently performed English language playwright in the world after Shakespeare. His award-winning plays include Absurd Person SingularBedroom FarceThe Norman Conquests and A Chorus Of Disapproval.