Close Encounters
(Lunch Hour / One for the Road / Politics in the Park)

by

John Mortimer / Harold Pinter / Iain Heggie

SYNOPSIS

Lunch Hour:
A quirky, surreal comedy, set in the 1960’s, about a young woman and an older man spending their lunch hour together in a hotel room. How did they manage it? Sex before marriage was still a great taboo and standards had to be kept!

One for the Road:
This is a chilling study of power and powerlessness. Set in an unnamed totalitarian state, this play presents a violent, disturbing portrait of political horror in which an interrogator torments a tortured prisoner and his imprisoned wife and child.

Politics in the Park:
Grass roots dialogue, wit and repartee: two ladies sitting in a Glasgow park sort out their sisterly relationship in view of the latest developments in their lives: husbands and hobbies, sons and careers, childhood memories, jealousy and regret...

DIRECTOR

Anne Jiricny (Lunch Hour)
Terry Menard (One for the Road)
Markus Wyler (Politics in the Park

CAST

Lunch Hour:

Man

Luke Walker

Girl

Chistina Schwarz

Manageress

Karen Siber

One for the Road:

Nicholas

Ronald Aus der Au

Victor

Bruce Gailey

Gila

Keghani Kouzoujian

Politics in the Park:

Jinty

Stephanie Sorgo*

Effie

Deborah Somers

Extras

Oli Pont, Irene Lautenbach, Ronald Aus Der Au, Sapphira Fasani, Keghani Kouzoujian, David Bond

*Due to illness, the role of Jinty was read by Valery Niggli

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

BEHIND THE SCENES

Production Coordinator

Tim Purdue

Stage Managers

Helena Sievi, Jim Carson, Andrea-Manuela Rüttimann

Sound Design

Terry Menard

Music

Oli Pont

Lighting Design

Andreas Stahl

Lights and Sound

Arseniy Klimovskiy, Phil Margolis

Stage Concept Design

Anita Gander

Set Construction

Tim Purdue, Andrew Suda, Members of the Club

Props

Katya Ankudinov, Casts, Directors

Costumes

Anita Gander, the Casts

Hair and Make-up

Maureen Grimm, Vivien Apafi

Front of House Lead

Tricia Tomlinson Schmid

Front of House

Martin Russell, Cornelia Berchtold, Marianne Alewine, Lynda Klomann, Insaf Mteraf, Christina Whiting, Deborah Marolf, Deirdre Eliasson, Sarah Emch-Jones

Photography

Tim Purdue, Oli Pont

Prompters

Irene Lautenbach, Anna-Katharina Kilp, Beatrice Hungerbühler

The Voice of Nicky (Lunch Hour)

Alice Knapton

Scottish Accent Coach

Noeleen Blaich

Mentor to Directors

Valery Niggli, Sarah Osborne, David Roscoe, Tricia Tomlinson Schmid

Publicity

Martin Chwierut

Flyer Design

Kristina Hrvolova

Programme Design

Polar Studios

Ticketing

Ciaran Corsar, Members of the Club

Transportation

Andrew Suda

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