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VenueChiswick Playhouse (formerly The Tabard Theatre)
TownOuter London
CountyGreater London
From5th March 1997
To22nd March 1997
What is currently on at Chiswick Playhouse (formerly The Tabard Theatre) (V334)

Mary Rose

Mary RoseT918051980
A deeply unsettling play about the abduction of a girl in 1890 and her reappearance twenty-five years later. When Barrie came to write Mary Rose in the aftermath of WW1, his own awareness of a tragic tension between time and timelessness had become a nation's. The play examines a central nerve at the time of children not returning or missing presumed dead and touches on many of Barrie's obsessions; the loss of innocence, eternal youth and the tricks of time. Described as a play about the happy anguish of peace, this is a spiritual, deeply disturbing piece. The Great War is over. A soldier returns to his childhood home. It is derelict. As he sits in silence, Time dissolves and 'the crafty work begins'. Mary Rose has been described as a much darker companion to Peter Pan. Peter it will be remembered, would not grow up. Mary Rose cannot.
Author J M Barrie

Archive :: production:T918051980, play:S4172, venue:V334

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Director Hamish Gray

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