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A black comedy about wife swapping and other inappropriate behaviour
James and Jennifer Rogers have been seeing a marriage guidance counsellor. When she tells them they should try something new, James decides this can only mean one thing - wife swapping. Not that he’d want the neighbours to know, and to keep his new hobby a secret he’s been trawling the internet to find a suitable couple for their first causal encounter.
What he and Jennifer haven’t realised is that not everyone tells the truth online. They might be about to find this out the hard way when Peter and Annette Morgan enter their house.
‘Terrific, very funny, with brilliant use of gags to achieve and support the three act structure.' Richard Bean, (One Man, Two Guvnors) One Act Play Festival, The Orange Tree, Richmond
'An exploration of marriage, relationships, gender roles, class, mores and more. Each is interwoven into a strong piece of theatre. The acting is assured and the direction crisp. I cancertainly recommend it to you' Buxton Fringe Review
'Simultaneously timely and timeless. Lovely performances from all the five cast members. Scott-Lucas' ageing horndog was an excellent realisation of a mid-life crisis. Eyers and Meyer both exude a cocksure menace as they interrupt the Rogers' world. All led by a diamond-sharp direction and story structure.' View from the Gods
'All the principal actors are strong. The script delivers a properly startling plot swervetogether with a few interesting thoughts about the different types of hold we all have over each other. An entertaining eyebrow-raiser. I’m glad I gave this one a whirl' Fringe Guru
'A wry curtain twitching look at suburban sexuality. The play gives commentary on our expectations and the sense of not knowing our neighbours or what goes on behind closed doors. Joanna Pope as Jennifer gives a strong and commanding performance with emotional fluidity' Broadway Baby
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Casual Encounters is available for amateur production. The script can be previewed and purchased from Smith Scripts here and licences to perform the play can also be obtained from the site.
The one-act version of Casual Encounters was premiered at Buxton Festival Fringe in July 2013 and went on to achieve a sell out run at Etcetera Theatre, Camden as part of Camden Fringe 2013. Updated for 2014 the play was performed at Henley Fringe and London Theatre Workshop in July, before a hugely successful run at theSpace at Surgeons Hall for Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014, leading to the transfer of the play to The Courtyard Theatre where it was performed in September 2014.
2014 cast were Joanna Pope, David Scott-Lucas, Sean Meyer, Catherine Houston Eyers, and Lucia Coward. Joanna and Lucia took over from Sandy Easby and Barry Rocard after the 2013 run. For biographies of the current cast click here For Sandy click here, and for Barry click here
Casual Encounters was originally written for SEDOS 6 plays 7 Days project, where writers met actors one Sunday, and were given till the following Thursday to write a 15 minute play. Directors and actors got together on Friday and the plays were performed on Saturday.
It was also performed by OHADS at ArtRichmond's 2013 new writing festival at the Orange Tree, Richmond. The judging panel, including Richard Bean, writer of One Man, Two Guv'nors, described the play as ‘terrific, very funny with lots of good gags. More than that, it made brilliant use of the gags to achieve and support the three act structure.'
An extract of the play has been published in UEAs 2012 Scriptwriting Anthology.
Casual Encounters have been offering appointments for discerning clientele in relaxed surroundings since 2013. Our most recent events were at theSpace@Surgeons Hall, Edinburgh, and we have also run hugely successful contact evenings in Buxton, Camden,Henley and
All good things come to an end however, and following a five day opening at the Courtyard Theatre in September 2014 we have now closed our books to new customers.
However, if you want your very own Casual Encounter our unique scripted account of an encounter can be obtained here
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