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Hansard - a ‘funny, tender and brutal’ new play - explores a couple’s political differences

Described as “funny, tender, and ultimately brutal”, Hansard is the first play written by British actor Simon Woods.

The title of the play, which is about Conservative politician Robin Hesketh and his wife Diana, refers to Hansard – the traditional name of the transcripts of Parliamentary debates in Britain and many Commonwealth countries.

Hansard, a new play by Simon Woods
Hansard, a new play by Simon Woods

Director Rosina Piovani said: “The play explores Robin and Diana’s political differences all embedded within the perils of Robin and Diana as a couple.

“They have been together for decades and they have a rich history painted with moments of profound unhappiness.

“This degree of humanity and exploration of people’s relationships also captivated me and motivated me to direct the play.

“The play is a dialogue between Robin and Diana with no breaks where the actors are on stage 99.9 per cent of the time.

“This presented a huge challenge as a director which I have been very lucky to embrace together with Michael Flintoff and Geraldine Hindley, two excellent actors who are putting Robin and Diana to life in a beautiful and vivid way.”

This amateur production of Hansard is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

The performances will take place at the Corpus Playroom in Cambridge from Tuesday, 2 July, to Saturday, 6 July, at 7pm, fitting perhaps as it’s the week of the General Election!

Tickets are £7.50-£11.50 and can be purchased online at adctheatre.com.

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