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Next Stage Theatre Company - My Brilliant Divorce

Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017
Venue: The Mission Theatre
Doors: 7.10pm for 7.30pm show
Duration: 90mins
Price: £12 / £10 concs (see below *)

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"Guy Fawkes Night, Max arrived home from a tax-planning seminar in Orlando and started packing instead of unpacking. "I’m very sorry", he said "we only pass this way once and our marriage has been emotionally dead for many years." And then he was gone. Well. After a life time of faithfulness and devotion can you imagine how I felt? Sheer joy!" (Angela Act 1)

Angela's husband has a mid-life crisis and a mid-European fling, Angela is left with the dog.
Initially exultant, Angela soon finds herself emotionally bereft and with her self-confidence at an all-time low. Rejecting or accepting the well-meaning advice and consolation of friends, interfering mother, critical daughter and silently-accusing dog, Angela slowly, and at times painfully, rebuilds her life.


During the course of a hilarious 90 minutes, Geraldine Aron takes her audience with wit and assurance through Angela’s excursions into mid-life dating, her attempts at reinvention and her misfortunes with some highly unsuitable liaisons.

An insightful exploration of what life can be like for a 40-something, suddenly single woman, My Brilliant Divorce is wittily observant, achingly funny and heart-wrenchingly real.

Geraldine Aron's play is brought to The Mission Theatre by the talented Kay Francksen, who has performed to sell-out audiences in Bath and Bristol with her one-woman show Shirley Valentine.

Kay first played Angela in My Brilliant Divorce in 2006 and received rave reviews:

"Kay Franklin’s extraordinarily powerful performance..."

"beautifully observed exposition…"

"it’s done with such humour - an asset that Kay exploits superbly...fantastic value..." - The Bath Chronicle

Critics have said of the play:

"Mixing vaudevillian solo-turn and vicarious soul-baring, ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ offers an enjoyable evening of stand-up tragedy" - Guardian.

"There are some great jokes…but there are also sudden shafts of piercing emotional truth… A peculiarly frosty heart is required to resist ‘My Brilliant Divorce" - Daily Telegraph

"Gorgeous stuff…a kind of midlife Alice in Wonderland" - Times (London)

The play runs from 4th - 8th April

Booking: Mission Theatre
Tel: 01225 428600

Online booking: http://www.missiontheatre.co.uk/tickets

Alternative booking: Bath Box Office
Tel: 01225 463362
Online booking: http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/my-brilliant-divorce/

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Note: Bath Box Office fees:
Booking fee, per ticket: 50p. Transaction fee, per booking: £1.00. Credit Card transaction fee: £2.00..
Bath Box Office, Visitor Information Centre, Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY.

* Concessions: Students, unwaged or Friends of the Festival only, ID required on door

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