Plays Directory : The Chairs

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
    Eugene Ionesco
  • Written
    1952
  • Overview
    The play concerns two characters, known as Old Man and Old Woman, frantically preparing chairs for a series of invisible guests who are coming to hear an orator reveal the old man's discovery, which is implied as being the meaning of life (it is never actually said). The guests supposedly include "everyone", implying everyone in the world; there are other implications that this is a post-apocalyptic world. The Old Man, for example, speaks of the destruction of Paris. The invisibility of the guests implies that the Old Man and Old Woman are the last two people on the planet. As the “guests” arrive, the two characters speak to them, and reminisce cryptically about their lives. A high point in the happiness of the couple is reached when the invisible emperor arrives. Finally, the orator arrives to deliver his speech to the assembled crowd.

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2 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Joanna Lally
Joanna Lally
Administrator
2018, Assistant Producer
Beatrice Galloway
Beatrice Galloway
Production Manager
2016, Stage Manager
Touring
Callum Thomson
Callum Thomson
Technical Stage Manager
2016, Assistant Stage Manager
Stratford Circus
Louise Gregory
Louise Gregory
Lighting Designer
2016, Technician/Sound Operator
Touring
Stacey Choudhury-Potter
Stacey Choudhury-Potter
Production Manager
2016, Production Manager (Highly Commended Team - SMA awards 2016)
Steve Lowe
Steve Lowe
Lighting Designer
2016, Lighting Designer
The Playhouse, Harlow & tour
Julie Osman
Julie Osman
Director
2016, Assistant director
The Lowry
Itai Leigh
Itai Leigh
Actor
2015, The Speaker
The Corbett Theatre
Neil Jacks
Neil Jacks
Actor
2015, Orator
Ruskin College, Oxford
Jenny Wills
Jenny Wills
Actor
2015, Old Woman (Lead)
The Albany
Claire Louise Amias
2015, Lead
Fiona Kingwill
Fiona Kingwill
Director
2015, Set Designer
Theatre, Film and Television Department, University of York
Luna Tosin
Luna Tosin
Actor
2015, Old Woman
Corbett Theatre
Julie Osman
Julie Osman
Director
2014, Assistant director
Arena Theatre Wolverhampton
Steve Lowe
Steve Lowe
Lighting Designer
2014, Lighting Designer
Albany, Deptford & Arena, Wolverhampton
Ellen Dawson
Ellen Dawson
Deputy Stage Manager
2014, Deputy Stage Manager
UK Tour
Niamh Harrington
2013, Elderly Woman
Nisha Patel
Nisha Patel
Actor
2013, Ensemble
University of Northampton
Lee Burnitt
Lee Burnitt
Actor
2013, Old Man
Karolina Pajak
Karolina Pajak
Set Designer
2012, Set and costume designer