Monday 18th January 2016 at 8.00pm
Thursday 11th February 2016 at 8.00pm
Monday 15th February 2016 at 8.00pm
To Be Announced
This is the story of the unlikely romance between C S (Jack ) Lewis, the middle-aged, bachelor Oxford don, Christian writer, and author of the ‘Narnia’ stories; and Joy Gresham an American Jewish/Christian writer and poet. Set in the male enclave of academic Oxford in the 1950’s Joy’s intellectual assertiveness delights Lewis but appals his condescending fellow academics. From tentative, timid, beginnings their friendship develops into a deep abiding love which is brutally cut short by Joy’s terminal illness. From this sombre subject William Nicholson has fashioned a beautiful, touching and gently amusing play which demonstrates the rejuvenating power of love.
C S Lewis – an Oxford don in his fifties
Major Warnie Lewis – Lewis’ bachelor brother
Professor Riley – an Oxford don
Rev H Harrington – an Oxford chaplain
Alan Gregg/Doctor – an Oxford don
Dr M Oakley/Priest – an Oxford don
Joy Gresham – an American in her late 30s
Douglas – Joy’s son
C S Lewis
Page 1 (beginning) to 2 (Real life has not begun yet); Page 13 (as you see I am all prepared) to 15 (bottom-I didn’t cry); Page 53/54 (We are like blocks of stone) to end.
Major Warnie Lewis
I had the strangest dream) to 7 (There’s a small boy with a woman); Page 12 (It’s only a cup of tea) to 13 (…introduce him to your poetry); Page 27 (So she’s settled over here for good) to 28 (…marrying Joy technically?)
Page 2 (and all because she was a vegetarian?) to 3 (Liaisons dangereuses); Page 16 (Thank you Maurice. Well done) to 19 ( Good night Maurice)
Rev H Harrington
Page5 (Pages 2/3 and 16/19 (as above); Page 41 (Frankly I’m worried about him) to 42 (We hear Joy is getting better)
Page 33 ( Mr Lewis?) to 34 (The cancer is very advanced); Page 40 (Well Mr Lewis, I think…) to (Remissions do happen)
Dr M Oakley/Priest
Page 38 (OK. Just this once) to 39 (and Holy Ghost. Amen)
Page 13 (As you see I am all prepared) to 15 (I didn’t cry); Page 17 (Merry Christmas) to 18 (or merely stupid!); Page 48 (I am so happy) to 50 (Don’t talk any more. You rest). American accent.
Page 9 (Will he write in my book) to (Mom. Can I leave the table); Page 53 (When I was your age) to (Me too). American accent.
Page 28 (Mr Lewis. Please be seated) to 29 (every happiness in your life together).
Scripts can be obtained from the production Manager, Mary Morgan, but must be returned, or brought to the Read Thru on 18 January 2016.