Sewell Barn Theatre, Constitution Hill, Norwich NR3 4BB               Box office: 01603 626414                   Sewell Barn Trust: Registered Charity No 277724

The Sewell Barn Company

Flare Path


Director Mel Sessions

Contact 01493 369206 /

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Performances 14-16 and 20-23 June 2018 (matinée 23 June) 2018


A bittersweet comedy about the difficulties facing those of advancing years.

Cooper, an incorrigible flirt, has chosen to live in a nursing home, rather than become a burden on his family.  He is acutely aware of his physical deterioration. His friend Aylott, is beginning to worry about memory loss.  The two keep each other sane with constant banter and the occasional glass of whisky.

Cooper’s daughter Julia and her husband Peter visit, somewhat grudgingly, once a month on a Sunday. Cooper misses his teenage grandson who has ceased to visit.

Nurse Wilson is young, sensitive and good humoured with the old people in her care. The cleaner, Mrs Baker, is a little less tolerant and finds Cooper’s sense of humour somewhat bewildering.

The play is beautifully written and is ultimately about heroism in facing old age. It is full of humour but has moments of real pathos.

Bob Larbey, well known for co-writing TV series such as ‘The Good Life’ and ‘Please Sir’, had his first solo success for television with ‘A Fine Romance’ which won the British Award for Best Comedy in 1982. ‘A Month of Sundays’, his first stage play, was produced in 1985 in Southampton and transferred in 1986 to The Duchess Theatre in London, starring George Cole and Geoffrey Bayldon.


Ages given are approximate playing ages although Nurse Wilson is supposed to be 24 years old.

Cooper late 60s

Aylott late 60s

Julia late 30s, 40s

Peter late 30s, 40s

Nurse Wilson 20s

Mrs Baker late 30s, 40s (does have to sing with quite a ‘sweet’ voice)


Date: Sunday 21 January 2018 at 3.00 pm at the Sewell Barn

The audition will involve a couple of ice-breaker activities, followed by an opportunity to look at short sections of the text to get a feel for the piece and for the characters involved.  People will then be asked to work in pairs or small groups, allowing everyone to read for any or all of the roles in which they are interested. If you would like further information or a synopsis of the play, please feel free to contact


Likely to begin in early April. Three rehearsals a week initially (Monday  &  Tuesday  and  either Thursday  or  Friday), and including some longer Sunday rehearsals. Cooper will be required to attend all of them. Progress will depend on being ‘off book’ ASAP.


Samuel French ISBN 9780573019562

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