WALTZING IN THE DARK by Bernard J Taylor

£6.00

The play is based on real characters the author met in Newcastle, England, about twenty years ago. A doctor who had become rich through being the major investor in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’ wanted to invest in Bernard Taylor’s musical version of Wuthering Heights. He invited Taylor to stay at his home for a few days and Taylor observed his rather ambiguous (but ultimate loving) relationship with his wife, who was suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s, and the nurse who had been with him for most of her adult life (but who has always maintained a purely professional relationship with the doctor). In the play the doctor commissions a composer to create a piece of music as an anniversary present for his wife, as music is one of the few things that seem to give her peace and joy. In the beginning we see the doctor committing some highly questionable acts on his wife (like putting a spider down her blouse), but his motivation becomes clear in his discussions with the composer. In the end, after his wife dies, the doctor also begins to suffer from Alzheimer and his loyal nurse elects to take care of him.

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CHARACTERS

Dr Lawrence (Larry) Jameson – late sixties

Evelyn Jameson – Early to mid sixties

Dorothy Clements – a nurse aged around 50

David Hawkins – a composer, late twenties/early thirties

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Award winning production in San Antonio

 

REVIEWS

Won ATAC Award (San Antonio’s equivalent of New York’s Tony Awards)

 

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 90 minutes

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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FEMALE CAST

MALE - CAST

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