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March 2 @ 7:00 pm
  • Festival 4
  • Fiction
  • Theatre

Michael Frayn

Pocket Playhouse


Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
£5 (27yrs and under)

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Mercury Theatre
01206 573948
Image of Michael Frayn © Ekko von Schwichow http://www.schwichow.de

Thirty-six comic sketches from the cherished playwright Michael Frayn, author of Noises Off and Skios. Pocket Playhouse brings the stage to the page, providing a tour de force of theatrical imagination and satire, revealing the author’s infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction and comedy.


FESTIVAL 4 – MULTIPLE EVENT OFFER: This year we are offering four events for the price of three on selected talks – Just choose any four events with the ‘Festival 4’ symbol when booking in person, over the phone or online.


Praise for Matchbox Theatre:

“[Matchbox Theatre] is a delicious jeu d’esprit, and every page is stamped with Frayn’s comic genius.” Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

“One of the few authors to have had huge success with both theatrical and novelistic fictions has combined the best of both in a lovely book.” Mark Lawson, Guardian

“He seems to be writing for the sheer pleasure of writing . . . It’s like watching the
most abstract, highbrow TV sketch show you can imagine.” Marcus Berkmann, Spectator

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the and the Guardian and Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies and Skios. His seventeen plays range from Noises Off, recently chosen as one of the nation’s three favourite plays, to Copenhagen, which won the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year and the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play.


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