Design by Matt Firth

The Ruffian On The Stair

Mike - Gary Adams
Joyce - Lucy Cork
Wilson - Chris Jeffries

Director - Dan Usztan

Bobby Gould Goes To Hell

Bobby Gould - Laurence Powell
The Interrogator - Jim Killeen
The Assistant - Faye Baker
Glenna - Lauren Scott-Berry

Director - Cathy Love

Production Team

Producer - Mansoor Mir
Lighting Design - Rob Benton
Sound Design - Peter Raggett
Costumes - Morgan Webber
Technical Operation - Chris Willett, Johnny Saunders
Stage Manager - Helen Thomas
Assistant Stage Manager - Gerald Fitzpatrick
Technical Assistance - Robert Bettelheim
Front of House Managers - Gill Taylor, Emily Carmichael

The Ruffian On The Stair

Madam Life's a piece in bloom,
Death goes dogging everywhere:
She's the tenant of the room,
He's the ruffian on the stair.

Joe Orton's 1964 bleakly comic play is an unsympathetic peek into the lives of Mike, an ex-boxer, and Joyce, a former prostitute.

When Mike and Joyce are visited by Wilson, a young man who has been watching their movements, their pasts come tumbling out of the closet. How does Joyce know Wilson's brother (of whom he is very fond)? Are Mike's suspicions correct? And how does the goldfish fit into all of it?

The master of black comedy, Joe Orton's grimy one-act play lifts the skirts of 1960s London and finds a real stink underneath ... 

Bobby Gould In Hell

Bobby Gould, the jaded Hollywood mogul from Mamet's Speed-the-Plow, finds himself unexpectedly in the waiting room of Hell.

He is to be interviewed by the Interrogator, a devilish figure who would much rather be fishing and is not impressed with Bobby's protestations of innocence and goodness. Glenna, an ex-girlfriend who feels sorely mistreated by Bobby, is called as a witness for the prosecution but gets so carried away that she starts in on the Interrogator as well, and he and Bobby end up bonding over her hostility.