The Chalk Garden
By Enid Bagnold
Directed by Murray Stephens
Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th November at 7.45pm in the studio
Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10
A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, while Laurel herself manages to drive them away by exposing their past – the plot revolves around a mysterious stranger, Miss Madrigal, employed by a high-born military widow, Mrs St Maugham, as governess to her self-dramatising granddaughter, Laurel. The outer action concerns the gradual revelation (confirmed when a judge comes to lunch) that Miss Madrigal once stood trial for murder.
But the inner action deals with the governess’s attempt to rescue her teenage charge from her grandmother: the lying Laurel can no more flourish in this world of licensed eccentricity, than rhododendrons can prosper in Mrs St Maugham’s arid chalk garden.
Both singular comedy and haunting mystery, this startling insight into mother-daughter relationships is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable plays. The author of many books and dramas, Enid Bagnold is still best known for her 1935 novel, National Velvet.
Audition dates will be published soon!
Characters: Male x2 (elderly) Female x7 (16, 40s, middle-age, elderly).
- Miss Madrigal
- Second applicant
- Thin applicant
- Mrs St Maugham
- The Judge