Coward treat takes us back to the roaring twenties


The glitz and glamour of the Jazz Age will be brought to the stage in the forthcoming production of The Vortex, by Noël Coward.

The Vortex, written in 1924, was Coward’s first success. Florence Lancaster, an ageing socialite, surrounds herself with sycophantic hangers-on, and floats selfishly from one social engagement to another.

Although married, she takes a succession of lovers half her age. The latest is Tom Veryan, described by Coward as “athletic and good looking… one feels he is good at games and extremely bad at everything else”.

Florence is stopped in her tracks when her son, Nicky, a talented musician in his twenties, comes home from his travels with a fiancée, Bunty, who also happens to be an old flame of Tom Veryan.

Not only that, but Nicky has returned with a dark secret or two…

According to director, Tim Hoyle, “The Vortex is a real mix of comedy and drama, that will make you laugh but also think. It explores the darker side of the 1920’s Cocktail Party Set. There is emotional blackmail, drug abuse and shattered relationships as the play unfolds”.

Performances take place from Friday 3rd to Saturday 4th July at 8pm, on Sunday 5th July at 2.30pm, and from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th July at 8pm.

Book here or call the box office on 01727 0857861.


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