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Cost £10
Tel01273 572101
7th - 20th May 2011
7th & 8th May 8pm
11th, 12th & 13th May 8pm
18th, 19th & 20th May 8pm
Tickets: £10, and £8 concessions
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The Art of Concealment: The Life of Terence Rattigan


The world première of a new play by Giles Cole

He was one of the most acclaimed playwrights and screenwriters of his generation. His fall from critical favour marked a turning point in modern British theatre. He wore a carefully constructed mask of respectable, suave gentility in order to conceal his true nature, but who was the man behind the mask? Who was the real Terence Rattigan?

This is a play not only about the demons that haunted one of our great playwrights, but about the creative process itself, and the process of ageing, of loss, of unhappiness in love, and of ultimate disillusionment - with the ironic twist that we know Rattigan to be more honoured now, at the centenary of his birth, than he would ever have expected in his lifetime.

Giles Cole has written for radio and stage and is a former actor. His writing credits include seven plays for BBC Radio 4 and eight stage plays. He has twice won the Sussex Playwrights annual play competition, and last had a play performed on the Brighton Festival Fringe in 2003 (Frail Blood, directed by Roger Braban and starring Peter Ellis, Mary Conlon, Vanessa Goodliffe and Hilary Farmiloe).

Giles Cole, one of the most acclaimed playwrights and screenwriters of his generation. Recently he has written a one-act play about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor in their declining years, and compiled an entertainment celebrating the works of Sir John Mortimer, which was directed by Marilyn Imrie and performed at the Henley Literary Festival in 2009 and at the Garrick Club in 2010 - the latter with Hugh Bonneville, Geraldine James, Geoffrey Palmer and Katie Warren in the cast.

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