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Travels with My Aunt

↑ Rehearsal photo of Kevin McCabe and Ken Walsh, taken by Larry Wilkes

Travel with Henry Pulling, retired bank manager and dahlia fanatic, on the journey of a lifetime across the world with his eccentric Aunt Augusta, in this fast and furious adaptation of Graham Greene's much-loved black comedy

Henry is a careful bachelor with little to occupy his days. We meet him at his mother’s funeral, an event of ‘agreeable excitement’ for the colour it adds to his somewhat drab existence. After the funeral, his life falls under the more stimulating influence of his Aunt Augusta and Henry learns to live a little. As he struggles to cope with his aunt’s more relaxed standards, Augusta tells Henry, ‘I despise no-one, no-one. Never presume yours is a better morality’. As Henry and Augusta’s adventures become ever more convoluted and frenetic, they encounter secret agents, thieves, art smugglers and many other dubious characters.

Required to adopt a more Bacchanalian life and focus on the here and now to fall in line with Aunt Augusta’s plans, Henry joins her on the journey of a lifetime. Will he decide that life is worth living at any cost? Follow his adventures and finds out!

Five hard-working actors play a myriad of roles, swapping identities, genders and nationalities in a theatrical treat that will amaze and amuse. Written and set in the 1960s – and among the collection of writings that Graham Greene called ‘entertainments’ (as opposed to novels!) – Travels with My Aunt is a marvellous collection of stereotypes of that time whose antics often parody many of Greene’s earlier works.

Travels with My Aunt
Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford
Tuesday, 12 – Saturday, 16 May, 7.45 pm

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