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Event Details

Venue: Studio

Date: Fri 02 Nov - Sat 24 Nov

Time: 7.45pm (2.30pm Thu Matinee, 2pm Sat Matinee)

Produced by: York Theatre Royal

Written by: David Ireland/Matthew Pegg

Directed by: Katie Posner/Juliet Forster

Designed by: Olivia Morton

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Reviews

The Press - Review: End of Desire/Escaping Alice

Mon 05 Nov 2012

Written by Maxine Gordon

Bed hopping, baring souls and big surprises are dished up in some style in this double bill of short, contemporary, adult dramas. The intimacy of the theatre’s Studio provides the perfect stage for this public undressing of relationships in the two one-act plays.

Remote Goat - Review: End of Desire/Escaping Alice

Thu 08 Nov 2012

Written by Sam McCaffery

An unexpected delight awaits in the intimate confines of the Studio at York Theatre Royal. A double bill of surprise and humour, the outrageous and the intimate, love and giant mouse heads; all can be found in the back-to-back plays End of Desire/Escaping Alice. Both star Jack Ashton and Sarah Applewood and share a bedroom set where all the action takes place.

The Yorkshire Times Online

Fri 16 Nov 2012

Written by Lauren Masterman

When you are greeted by a bed, a pair of bare feet and a crumpled duvet it is immediately apparent that this is going to be no ordinary evening at the theatre. The studio at the York Theatre Royal provides the ideal setting for the bedrooms of two couples with two very different stories to tell in this current and contemporary double bill of short plays.

British Theatre Guide - Review: End of Desire/Escaping Alice

Mon 12 Nov 2012

Written by Mark Smith

This double bill of one-act plays is a rare opportunity to see two interesting pieces of new writing by up and coming authors, directed by the Associate Directors of Pilot Theatre and the York Theatre Royal respectively, Katie Posner and Juliet Forster.

The Northern Echo - Review: End of Desire/Escaping Alice

Mon 12 Nov 2012

Written by Steve Pratt

A bare pair of feet protrude from the duvet. A half-naked man creeps around the room collecting his discarded clothes preparing for a quick exit. The body in the bed wakes up and emerges from the sheets. It is a giant mouse.

End of Desire/Escaping Alice

End of Desire/Escaping Alice

End of Desire/Escaping Alice

The birth of a relationship. The death of a relationship.
A double bill of new, deliciously dark and funny one act plays.

York Theatre Royal in association with Pilot Theatre present

End of Desire

Written by David Ireland
Directed by Katie Posner

Having met online, two strangers arrange an unusual first encounter in East Belfast. Dermot is an affluent poet and Janet loves Big Brother.

Culturally opposite, they've nothing in common except their desire for love and fear of intimacy. So how will they get through the night?

David Ireland is writer in residence at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and is fast becoming one of the UK’s most exciting emerging playwrights. He won the prestigious 2011 Meyer-Whitworth Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Writer for his stage play 'Everything Between Us'

York Theatre Royal presents

Escaping Alice

Written by Matthew Pegg
Directed by Juliet Forster

Simon loves Alice. Perhaps a little too much. But is their relationship really all that it seems? Who's keeping secrets? Why has he joined a dating agency? How come they never go out anymore? And why can he never remember the colour of her eyes?

Matthew Pegg is a writer based in the East Midlands. He has had work produced by regional theatres such as Leicester Haymarket and the Belgrade in Coventry and by touring companies such as Cornelius and Jones.

Both plays contain adult themes and strong language which some might find offensive.

Related News

Interview with End of Desire writer, David Ireland

Thu 08 Nov 2012

Trying to emulate one of his heroes, master of American comedy plays Neil Simon, rarely works out for David Ireland. Steve Pratt from The Press interviews.

Interview with End of Desire writer, David Ireland

Behind the Stage Door: Exploring York Theatre Royal, Part III

Tue 30 Oct 2012

In a setting of mushroom-inspired architecture, stuffed with ghost stories, superstitions and hidden confectionary in every crevice, the story of one of York’s most significant artistic hubs has almost played out to its final act in parts I and II of the ‘Exploring York Theatre Royal’ series.

Behind the Stage Door: Exploring York Theatre Royal, Part III

End of Desire/Escaping Alice in the York Theatre Royal Studio

Mon 29 Oct 2012

Directors Katie Posner and Juliet Forster discuss the challenge of taking on two short plays which are running back to back in the York Theatre Royal Studio. Tackling modern day relationships with a deliciously dark and funny approach, End Of Desire, the opening play, is by the Irish writer David Ireland, while Escaping Alice is by Matthew Pegg. The first deals with beginnings, while the second considers how matters end.

End of Desire/Escaping Alice in the York Theatre Royal Studio

 

 

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Rehearsal Trailer

Rehearsal Trailer

End of Desire/Escaping Alice

End of Desire/Escaping Alice

Director Juliet Forster discusses 'Escaping Alice'

Director Juliet Forster discusses 'Escaping Alice'

Director Katie Posner talks about End of Desire

Director Katie Posner talks about End of Desire