Plays Directory : Two

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Jim Cartwright
  • Written
    1989
  • Overview
    'Jim Cartwright’s ‘two-handed’ play ‘Two’ presents a microcosm of working-class life in a Northern local in the 80’s; a place of failed aspirations and unfulfilled lives which has since been emulated in many comedies most notably, Early Doors. It’s main characters, the Landlord and Landlady, interlace a variety of characters each affected by another specific character, whether we witness both or not. At extremes with each other; he the hands on money-in-till manager, she the gossipy heart of the bar, their façade ultimately cracks when a young boy in search of his missing dad appears and they are forced to face the loss of their child years before. Along the way to their moving admissions of guilt and loss we witness a variety of stock characters; Fred and Alice, a lumpy loveable couple, acceptant of their lot in life and protective of each other. In contrast Roy, inadequate about his manliness, bullies Leslie into never-win situations. An Old Lady who wonders, after rewarding herself after another day of caring for her invalid husband, when it will all end is juxtaposed with the quiet Old Man who is content that his dead wife’s spirit is with him. We see a failing Romeo (Moth) and how his pathetic attempts with the women backfires leaving his girlfriend (Maude) suddenly holding all the cards, Likewise a Women fed up of being the mistress drunkenly decides to show her hand to her lovers wife whilst an the odd-match up of Mr & Mrs Iger ultimately prove their dependence on each other. All life is present in this pub; it is the heart of communities, it where people celebrate and mourn and throughout this play we are confronted unflinchingly at it’s weaknesses and darkness as well as its heart and many spirits!'

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4 known characters

8 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Wendy JT Simeon
2017, Landlady
Courtyard Theatre
Faye Mitchell
2017, Landlady
Caitriona Hyatt
2016, Landlady
Nikki Hellens
2016, Landlady
Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Kate Dolan
Kate Dolan
Actor
2014, Landlady
Elisha Duffy
Elisha Duffy
Actor
2014, Landlady
The Saidy Theatre Wigan
Georgina Barley
2013, Landlady
Katie Dutta
Katie Dutta
Actor
2012, Landlady
Ruth Redman
Ruth Redman
Voice Over: English
2012, Landlady
Ellie Woodruff-Bryant
2012, Landlady
Alexandra Hart
2012, Landlady
Prior Pursglove College
Alexine Lafaber
2012, Landlady
Pamela Flanagan
2012, Landlady (and all other female roles)
European Tour
Ruth Redman
Ruth Redman
Actor
2011, Landlady
The Crown, Oxted
Briony Bower
Briony Bower
Actor
2009, Land Lady
Melton Theatre
Ria Meera Munshi
2009, LandLady
Adelphi Studio
Lauren Garnham
2009, Landlady
Stage@Leeds
Gemma Eves
Gemma Eves
Actor
2008, Landlady
Lovegrove Theatre
Ellis Young
Ellis Young
Actor
2006, Landlady
Trestle Arts Theatre, St. Albans
Hannah Davies
2005, Landlady
Etcetera Theatre/Gilded Balloon

Alternative Names

two, Two by Jim Cartwright