With a bath on the billiard table and a garden resembling a jungle, aristocrat (and former model) Dorothy Stacpoole faces a desperate situation. The decaying family pile is close to ruin. And with the coffers all but empty, Dorothy must now choose between auctioning off the historic contents - or handing everything over to the National Trust.
Archdeacon June, her sister, is all for the Trust. But Dorothy loathes the idea of opening her home to the public: people spoil things, don’t they, trampling over history, gawking at family memories? The thought of flogging off the art and the heirlooms is equally unbearable. And there’s a third option, too: a shady, über-rich consortium is interested in buying the house and relocating it from Yorkshire to somewhere altogether more desirable. Like Dorset.
Whilst pondering which way to jump, Dorothy unexpectedly encounters a familiar face from her modelling days. Theodore, now a producer of “adult” films, is in search of the perfect period setting - and four poster bed - for his latest porn epic. And having a film crew about the place might distract Dorothy from the impossible decision she faces . . .
Bennett’s hilariously entertaining and strangely moving play about heritage and home opened at the National Theatre in London in 2012. Sharing the same theatrical DNA as PFT’s acclaimed production of The Lady In The Van, the Scottish première of People will be eagerly awaited by Bennett fans everywhere!
Please note that this play contains occasional strong language, partial nudity and some sexual content.
“Leaves the audience more than satisfied and thoroughly entertained”The Scotsman
“quite breathtaking… richly-observed characterizations”The Courier
“Mix of ennui and sit-com also has shades of Ab Fab”The Herald
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