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The Kindness of Strangers

Written by Vanessa Oakes, performed by Robert Lister, directed by Mark Evans
5pm, £10 (£8 concessions)

Should you trust in the kindness of strangers?

Robert Lister

When David’s wife dies unexpectedly he is left clinging to the little routines that help him to make sense of his loss. A chance encounter with a stranger leads to a new friendship. But, how far can David trust his new friend and what will he do to avoid facing his own loneliness?

This funny and touching new play by Vanessa Oakes deals with the vulnerability of ageing and grief and explores the distance between intimacy and friendship.

A funny and moving play featuring a superbly judged performance by Robert Lister.
Peter Leslie Wild BBC Radio

Excellent piece of new writing.
Catherine Edwards, SCRIPT

I was totally gripped and immersed in the character and the world.
Alison Sutcliffe, Director, Bridge House Theatre

The show was brilliant.  A beautifully told story; horrific.
Jenny Whybrow, Specialist Drama Teacher

Robert Lister trained at the Rose Bruford College and, after teaching for one year, began his career as a professional actor in 1967.  He describes himself as a ‘Journeyman-Actor’ and is a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, the New Shakespeare Company, and English Touring Theatre. During an extremely varied stage career he has toured nearly every major theatre in the UK, and travelled overseas to the Far and Middle East, Greece, Western Europe, and both North and South America. Robert has made countless radio dramas for the BBC on Radio 4, BBC 7 and the World Service.  He has most recently been heard as Hooker in  Playing With Fire, and Jan Matkovic in Shape of the Table, both plays by David Edgar, and as Philip Kershaw in the Woman’s Hour serial, The Private Patient by PD James.  He also plays Lewis Carmichael in The Archers.

Vanessa Oakes trained as a theatre designer before working extensively in scenography, community arts and arts administration. Her recent plays include; The Permitted Number (Paines Plough/Belgrade Theatre), I Am Active (Red Teapot), The Kindness of Strangers (Warwick Words), Lost in Paradise CV6 (Belgrade Theatre), A Body Moving Through (the estate), Live Like Us (Belgrade Theatre). Current projects include; His Naked Eye a new play for Theatre in Action (Glasgow).