Marking Time by Michael Snelgrove
Swindon Arts Centre
Our last production of our 2012/2013 season is ‘Marking Time’ by Michael Snelgrove and directed by Emma Palmer.
The story starts in a tiny, tatty room in a residential teachers’ centre and Team B are up to their eyebrows in A Level English Literature marking.
Elsewhere in the building, the dreaded Team A are coping far better with their marking band guidelines, matrix grids and marked pilot samples and managing to spend plenty of time in the bar.
Team B, led by the far-from-perfect Howard, lurch from disaster to disaster.
Howard is lacking in confidence and team support, the pendant Oliver has lost his marked sample on the Isle of Wight ferry; Pat, who wants to bring her affair with Howard to a head, is in an enormous state of emotional tension; Ian, who teaches Comparative Literature, hasn’t read half the books being discussed so isn’t as much help as he should be, and the cool and efficient Judith seems just a bit too friendly with the rival Team A for Howard’s comfort….Doors slam, tempers are lost and personalities crumble as the situation becomes even more chaotic.
Hilarious, observant and fast-moving, Marking Time is another winner from the author of Bums on Seats, Urban Cycles and others.
Emma’s directing debut
Emma Palmer, a member of The Phoenix Players since 2001, will be directing for the first time. "I’m very excited to be directing my first play for The Phoenix Players. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while and I’ve finally taken the plunge! I’m looking forward to the challenge but wouldn’t be able to do any of it without the support and help from all the other members."
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