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Your Price: $18.99 CDN
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Author: Alecky Blythe
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Series: NHB Modern Plays
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 61
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 1854599372
ISBN-13: 9781854599377
Cast Size: 8 women, 10 men

About the Play:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Cruising is a full-length comedy by Alecky Blythe. A hilarious, real-life comedy about pensioners going in search of love – from the sublime to the downright saucy. Cruising uses the innovative verbatim-theatre technique – using the real words of real people – developed by Alecky Blythe.

Cruising is a revealing look at love and sex among the over-seventies. Maureen is a pensioner in search of passion. After 33 blind dates, 12 cruises and one broken heart, she is still determined to find Mr Right. But when best friend Margaret beats her to the altar, Maureen has her doubts – is Margaret just on the rebound and, more importantly, will she lose her pension? Cruising is created by recording interviews in real life and then relaying the edited scripts to the cast through earphones in live performance. The actors retain the original speakers' hesitations and half-sentences. The result is both disconcertingly comic and profoundly moving, as all the individual peculiarities of the 'characters' are scrupulously reproduced.

Cruising premiered in 2006 at the Bush Theatre in London and was a sell out.

Cast: 8 female, 10 male

What people say:

"This is theatre throbbing with the heartbeat of real life. Experience it." — The Times (London)

"A heart-warming piece of theatre." — Metro (London)

"Gloriously idiosyncratic dialogue, which even the most skilful writer would struggle to devise." — Time Out (London)

"Both shocking and uncomfortable ... [Blythe] has discovered theatrical gold." — The Daily Telegraph (London)

About the Playwright:

Alecky Blythe is a British playwright and screenwriter. She is best known for her pioneering work in verbatim theatre created entirely using the real words of real people. Her theatre company Recorded Delivery was set up in 2003 to advance this branch of theatre.