25th Oct to 4th Nov 2006
& 9th to 10th Nov 2006 (EXTENDED SEASON)
by Patrick Marber
Directed by Derek Doddington

University Theatre, Arts Centre, Christchurch

Director, Derek Doddington, describes this award-winning play as a bitingly funny and honest look at modern relationships, the story of four strangers, their chance meetings, instant attractions and casual betrayals.

Rob Tilby plays Dan, an aspiring novelist who earns his living writing obituaries. After an accident in the street, Dan meets Alice, played by Helen Prior, a stripper who becomes his muse and inspiration to write his first novel.

It’s only when Dan poses for the photo of his book jacket cover, that he meets the beautiful Anna, portrayed by Elsie Edgerton-Till – and their mutual attraction spells complication.

Larry, played by Charles Grubb, is the fourth main character; a self-assured dermatologist, who “meets” Dan in an Internet chat room, where Dan, obsessed with Anna, is pretending to be a woman.

Set in London, this sets the play up as a series of pass-the-lover scenes in which the quartet struggle to find intimacy, taking us via Larry’s hospital, Anna’s Studio, The London Aquarium, Alice’s Strip club and finally to a small memorial in the centre of London called Postman’s Park.

Anna Willow, Rebecca Browning and Erin Hutching assist as a myriad of characters.

And whilst we all hold secrets, in CLOSER, perhaps Alice holds the biggest secret of them all.

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