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Vacuum

by Deborah McAndrew
Directed by Conrad Nelson
Designed by Lis Evans

‘Nature abhors a vacuum’

2004 saw the directorial debut of Conrad Nelson in a new version of Leopold Lewis’s classic melodrama, The Bells, written by Deborah McAndrew.
This creative partnership re-unite again with this darkly funny new play,

It’s the end of a long week for financial adviser Ray, and as he steps out of the winter rain into the dingy little vacuum repair shop he has few expectations of his new ‘client’. But the enigmatic Mr Ashburner, turns out to be a man of untold wealth.
As the night progresses Ray is drawn down into Ashburner’s twilight world and the fabric of his own fragile life begins to unravel.
But what else has Mr Ashburner’s father bequeathed to his lonely son? And how will Ray react when Ashburner reveals his true agenda?
In a tense game of cat and mouse their deep rooted problems and secrets are cruelly exposed.
Like a tale of the unexpected the play concludes with a deadly twist.

“…stunning….an important 21st century dramatic two-hander……astonishing “

The Halifax Evening Courier

“Reminiscent of Arthur Miller with a touch of Dennis Potter thrown in – do catch this if you can! It contains a lot of stuff you probably didn’t know about vacuum cleaners as well asking a few serious questions about life. A very satisfying evening at the theatre”
bbc online

“Fascinating, thought-provoking, socially relevant and philosophically provocative, this was new writing at its best, performed with passion and panache.”
Northern Echo

“Vacuum is an interesting, well constructed two hander. Perhaps best described as a comedy with growing suspense, a thriller with moments of imagined fantasy and some jolly songs. The mix works well. The plot has its own energy and direction and the sudden changes of mood are comfortably handled.”
The Stage

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