Black Comedy

A play by Peter Shaffer
Performed in May 1993
Faringdon Community Centre
Directed by Carolyn Taylor

The action of the play takes place in Brindsley Miller's apartment in South Kensington, London, at 9.30 on a Sunday evening in the late 1960s, during a power cut. In this play the usual conditions of light and dark are reversed: when the lights are "on" we see nothing but darkness; when they are "off" we see the characters behaving as if they were in a blackout. The play begins in complete darkness.

Brindsley Miller, a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancée, Carol Melkett, have stolen some very expensive antique items and furniture from his neighbor Harold Gorringe, who is away for the weekend, in an attempt to spruce up his normally slum-like apartment in order to impress a wealthy art collector, Georg Bamberger, who is coming to view his work, and Carol's father, Colonel Melkett. As they contemplate the coming evening, Carol inquires about Brindsley's previous mistress, a painter named Clea. Brindsley tells her that he saw her for only three months and that the relationship took place two years ago. Just as Carol places a Sousa march on the record player, a fuse short circuits causing a blackout. The stage is instantly illuminated.

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Photographs by kind permission of 'The Faringdon Folly'

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