WILD ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY – Act I

A drama in 3 parts

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Alice In Wonderland with filth.

Jeremy Drakes, March 2012

In Act One of Wild Elusive Butterfly, cargo vessel Turmoil prepares to set sail for the Southern Ocean.  Shipowner Daisy Reculver and cargo owner Tom Devine negotiate terms and conceal desire.  Pregnant Jill and husband Jack explore the limits of marriage.  John and Peter enjoy contentment.  Primordial spirits feel undervalued.  And a tornado is approaching.(Wireless Theatre Company, March 2012)

Inability to be honest with a loved one.  Failure to sustain a relationship.  Powerlessness to save a child. Wild Elusive Butterfly is primarily a love story.  Daisy and Tom negotiate, and navigate the pitfalls that love and loss bring.  The people in their lives (and sometimes beyond) help make them who they are - and try to shape them into who they were meant to be. A dictionary definition of loss is 'detriment, disadvantage or deprivation from failure to keep, have or get'.   The play's characters are almost all recovering from or dealing with this emotional or physical dispossession.  They have sacrifices to face, choices to make.  Their stories intertwine whilst they search, ignore and try to fill their individual voids. What is the cost of honesty?  In a business world where communication is prime, personal lives fall apart as characters struggle with what they need to say, what they should say - and what they want to say. Loss can push friendship to its limit; relationships can be stretched; individuals make unrealistic demands.  Sometimes, only help from beyond the present world and lifetime can provide the clarity needed to go on. And you can never go back. (Josephine Arden, March 2012)

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THIS PLAY CONTAINS SWEARING AND ADULT CONTENT AND IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.

Starring : In alphabetical order: Angela Bleasdale, Josh Rochford, Jeremy Drakes, Penelope Granycome, Victoria Grove, Will Harrison-Wallace, Philip Lawrence, Chris Manning-Perry, Julia Papp, Tom Slatter, Olivia Vinall, Sarah Whitehouse, Martin Witts, Eleanor Burke

Sarah Whitehouse
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Written By: John Park, Edited By : Craig Bulpitt, Malcolm Thorp, Directed By: George Maddocks, Sound Design By: Pete Wyer (play) and Tshari King (credits), Running Time : 1 hour 20 minute

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