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Lympstone Entertainments: Saturday 14th July (Bastille Day)! Isle of Slaves

The Open Air Theatre presentations by Lympstone Entertainments have become popular annual events. Two years ago, Cygnet Theatre charmed their audience with a production of Pierre Marivaux’s 18th century comedy, Triumph of Love.

On Saturday, 14th July (Bastille Day!) the student actors return to Robin and Judith Telfer’s garden with Isle of Slaves, a classic role-reversal comedy by the same witty French dramatist.

Four people, the sole survivors of a shipwreck, crawl out of the sea. Two of them are masters, and two are servants – and all four are about to discover what life feels like when the boot is on the other foot. Marivaux’s mixture of laughter, emotion and theatrical game-playing makes him one of the most surprising and modern of all classic playwrights. Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of this brilliant one-act comedy had its premiere at The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in 2002. Cygnet’s production is touring East Devon, with its last night at Lympstone.

The costume drama is played against a background of trees and bushes, as a glade in Ellenthorpe Garden stands in for a Greek island. The entrance to this natural open air theatre is from Underhill (next to the village car park) and the audience is invited to bring picnics and chairs to this wonderful setting from 5pm. The play begins at 6pm.

Tickets £10, Family £30, U18s/NUS £5 will be available, as usual, from Demelza on 01395 272243 or via boxoffice@lympstone-entertainments.net

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