by Jim Cartwright
Because of the coronavirus we have had to postpone this production until later in the summer
Jim Cartwright’s “Bed” is one of his more surreal works. Set in the twilight zone between sleeping, waking and dreaming, it is an exploration of the subconscious voiced through the interconnected monologues of seven ‘elderly’ people who appear to be sharing one enormous bed. Their attempts to get to sleep are constantly thwarted by Cartwright’s outrageously inventive creation in the bitter and resentful character of ‘Sermon Head’. But sleep eventually envelops them all, and their past lives and dreams are shown in a sequence of exquisite snapshots, through physical and highly visual theatre.
“Cartwright writes better about old people than anyone I know, except perhaps Beckett. This is an odd, harrowing and hilarious piece, entirely without sentimentality, sturdy but moving.” – Sunday Times
“Sophisticated of structure and mature in content … brims with the confidence of a craftsman who can work as happily with surrealism as naturalism …” – City Limits