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Black Chiffon
Lesley Storm
11th to 30th January, 2011
Tuesday - Saturday at 7.30pm, Sundays at 5.30pm
Press Night Thursday 13th January at 7.30pm
Tickets: £13 (£10 Conc.)
1949. London. On the eve of her beloved son's wedding, Alicia Christie inexplicably steals a black chiffon nightdress from a department store. The horrified family bring in a psychologist to assess her.

When it transpires that Alicia sleepwalked into her son's fiance's bedroom who was wearing black chiffon the implications are horrific. Her relationship with her son is put under a microscope. Negotiating a feuding family and facing a choice of public shame or prison, Alicia's world begins to fall apart.
A psychological dissection of a family in crisis and women coping in a man's world.
Lesley Storm's stunning 1949 play was a huge success when it opened and was the welcome return to stage for Flora Robson. Tough Theatre's revival is the first time it has been seen in London for nearly 30 years.
As part of the White Bear's ongoing Lost Classics programme, Tough Theatre present a revival of a stunning play by a neglected female playwright from mid 20th Century. The Lost Classics programme has recently seen Madness in Valencia transfer to Trafalgar Studios and Personal Enemy taken over to New York.
Tough Theatre continue their association with the White Bear following on from the success of 2010's A Yorkshire Tragedy and Hippolytus.

Lesley Storm was a prolific playwright in the 40s and 50s. Black Chiffon and Roar Like a Dove were big hits for her. Other notable plays were The Day's Mischief and Tony Draws a Horse. Most of her plays were turned into TV movies and she also wrote a great many screenplay adaptations of novels and plays. Along with many other writers of her generation she became unfashionable in the late 50s. Yet she was a brilliant observer of a patriarchal society with a preoccupation of how men judged and formed the world women lived in.

Official Review by Christopher Adams, read now
Matt Trueman in TimeOut
Bernie Whelan in Extra! Extra!
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Amy Barnes
Andy Brunskill
Keith Chanter
Robert Christie

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