Plays Directory : Absolute Hell

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
    Rodney Ackland
  • Overview
    The action Absolute Hell takes place in a shabby London drinking club called La Vie en Rose (translates to something like "The Good Life"). The usual crowd come and go. They obviously all know each other very well and spend most of their drink-fuelled evenings in this place. The war in Europe has just ended. American soldiers wander in and out. One of the characters is permanently sozzled - but he spent the war in a POW camp. Hugh is a one-time serious writer now working in the Ministry of Information. Elizabeth is a beautiful woman who lives with a black marketeer - she constantly laughs at very unfunny jokes, including her own. Hugh is heartbroken that his lover, Nigel, is leaving him for a woman, and is desperate to get one of his story ideas accepted by a film company. But the film producer is only interested in signing up beautiful young men he has a fancy for. Outside the club reality is happening. The concentration camps have been liberated, the Labour Party is preparing to govern. But the Vie en Rose crowd turn it all into a silly joke, or say they can't take hearing about it just now. The main characters' feelings are exposed nakedly, they behave appallingly and humiliate themselves in public. The bomb-damaged building begins to crack up along with its inhabitants. By the end most of the characters can see at least a way out of their hell, but not before they've faced facts like the loss of youth, the dissipation of talent and the horror of what's been happening in Europe. A brilliantly written piece that has many resonances for today.

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Connected mandy members:

Jonathan Coote
2018, Siegfried (covered/played), Non-Member, Policeman
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Hannah Rodgers
Hannah Rodgers
Wardrobe Assistant
2018, Dresser
The National Theatre
Eve Kerr
Eve Kerr
Assistant Stage Manager
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Zoe Baron
Zoe Baron
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2018, Dresser
Connor Mills
Connor Mills
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2018, Cover Various
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Rachel Dale
Rachel Dale
Actor
2018, Fifi
Fiz Marcus
Fiz Marcus
Actor
2018, Cook
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Jessica Brindle
2018, Typist
Suzy Grimsdick
2012, Lady Lettice
Embassy Theatre
Holly Field
Holly Field
Actor
2012, Fifi
The Markova Theatre
Kyle Horne
Kyle Horne
Actor
2012, Douglas
Embassy Theatre
Jennifer May
Jennifer May
Actor
2012, Mrs Marriner
The Workhouse Theatre
Saul Matlock
Saul Matlock
Actor
2012, Hugh Marriner
Lowri Amies
Lowri Amies
Actor
2012, Christine
Embassy Theatre
Charlotte Fenton
Charlotte Fenton
Wardrobe Manager
2012, Costume Maker and Dresser
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Kimberly Black
2012, Bill
The Workhouse Theatre
Anthony Edmunds
2012, Maurice Hussey
Embassy Theatre
Reece Richardson
2012, PC Molson / Madge
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Stephanie Rona Strange
2012, Customer
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Jack Finch
Jack Finch
Actor
2012, Nigel
Embassy Theatre