Are There More of You?
Critically acclaimed actress Alison Skilbeck brings her one woman show Are There More of You? to Ireland for the first time on a three week tour, beginning 23 April. Described by playwright Alan Ayckbourn as “brilliantly observed, richly comic characters, all played to painful perfection, a wonderful evening'”, Are There More of You? received 4 and 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, and, after seeing it during its residency at the King's Head Theatre, London, former Times Chief Theatre Critic Irving Wardle compared Skilbeck's performance to that of the great Ruth Draper.
In her own one-woman comedy drama Alison Skilbeck tells the linked tales of four women reaching out in the dark, revealing what lies behind the brave faces of Claire, Sophia, Sara and Sam. Painful, scary and hilarious by turns, with only a postcode in common, the stories chart each wildly different character’s search for love and happiness.
The tour begins at Draiocht on 23 April, and continues on to Wexford, Bray, Kenmare, Waterville, Listowel and Kilmallock. At Dingle it visits the Feile na Bealtaine festival on 3 May, and continues on to Birr and Rush, before ending in a residency at the Viking Theatre in Dublin from 5 May. The tour is promoted in Ireland by Richard Ryan Promotions.
The late great Alan Plater described Are There More of You? as “a lovely piece of work: four diverse, original characters, telling their highly original stories. Funny, painful, and surreal - very like life.” Skilbeck's enormously varied stage career has taken her to the West End and all over the UK, and on tour to the USA and Europe: early on she created roles in no fewer than six Ayckbourn premieres at Scarborough. On radio she was 'Polly Perks' in the Archers until the character's tragic death; while television credits include Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, The Beiderbecke Affair, Dr Who, New Tricks, Law and Order UK, and Midsomer Murders. Her TV career began when she presented the Spanish Language Programme 'Zarabanda' for BBC 2.
Directed by Jeremy Stockwell (The Speaker, for BBC2), Are There More of You? played to 4 star reviews at the Brighton Fringe Festival, and sold out performances at the Oxford Playhouse and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. “..the script and performance that brings these four women to vivid life are sharply funny, often poignant and always engaging.” Oxford Times