CUPPERS: Cigarettes and Chocolate (New College)

Fri 11th Nov 2011


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New College Cuppers


Cigarettes & Chocolate is a radio play by Anthony Minghella, writer and director of The English Patient, and The Talented Mr. Ripley among others.

It is a gem of a play.

The story is short and sparse, like the play.

It centres around Gemma, who has stopped speaking. Her anxious husband Rob and various of her friends all try to talk to her, including the friend who’s in love with her and another who’s been having an affair with the husband.

None get a response and yet by talking to her they all find themselves learning something about themselves. It's therapy in all but name.

Gemma tells us in the final speech of the play that people are always “saying so much to say nothing”; that silence now has a comfort to it that before was only provided by the eponymous "Cigarettes & Chocolate".

The production will be simple and direct, like the writing. Come and see it!

Admission: Free

The Burton Taylor Studio

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