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VenueSouthwark Playhouse Borough
Other spaces: The Large, The Little
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From27th April 2022
To21st May 2022
What is currently on at Southwark Playhouse Borough (V226)

Five Characters in Search of a Good Night's Sleep

Five Characters in Search of a Good Night's SleepT0861511849
Five Characters in Search of a Good Night's Sleep follows the journeys of five individuals over one night, each struggling in different ways with an inability to sleep. As the play moves from dusk to dawn, we observe their sometimes bizarre nocturnal activities and failed attempts at regaining their sleep. Humour alternates with pathos as the five, all in their 60s and 70s, gradually reveal the reasons for their sleeplessness. The journey through the night delves into their inner lives, and the pursuit of not only a good night's sleep but of answers to much bigger existential questions.
Author Mike Alfreds
Author Sonja Linden (and The Company)

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Production details

Devised by a company of older actors aged 60+ and led by the acclaimed veteran director and renowned master of ensemble, Mike Alfreds, this play is conceived in response to the current public health crisis of insomnia, now characterised by sleep scientists as 'a silent epidemic', with 30% of the UK population now suffering from some form of sleep disturbance.


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Presented byViSiBLE
Director Mike Alfreds
Director Max Harrison (assistant)
Director Sonja Linden (artistic director)
Producer Alex Critoph
Design Agnes Treplin
Costume Agnes Treplin
Lighting Neill Brinkworth
Stage ManagerSimon Paris
Other Bonnie Poole (production manager)
Performer Geraldine Alexander
Performer Andrew Hawkins
Performer Sally Knyvette
Performer Gary Lilburn
Performer Vincenzo Nicoli
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