Plays Directory : Taking Steps

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
    Alan Ayckbourn
  • Written
    1979
  • Setting
    A Large Victorian Manor House
  • Overview
    At The Pines, a reputedly haunted house and former brothel, Elizabeth is planning on leaving her husband Roland. She has called on her brother, Mark, to comfort Roland when he finds her note. However Mark, a man whose monotone sends people to sleep, is preoccupied with the fact his fiancée, who jilted him at the altar, has been picked up for soliciting by the police. He brings her back to The Pines, puts her in the spare room in the attic and leaves again.
    Roland is hoping to buy The Pines from a local builder, Bainbridge, and Tristram, a none-too-bright solicitor, arrives to complete the sale. A drunk Roland arrives home and reads Elizabeth’s note and breaks down, imploring Tristram to stay the night. Tristram agrees and stays in the master bedroom while Roland sleeps in the attic. Kitty, interrupted writing a suicide note, hides in a cupboard and is trapped when Roland moves the bed across the door.
    Elizabeth, meanwhile, has decided against her course of action and returns home and crawls into bed with, she presumes, Roland. She proceeds to seduce Roland – not realizing she is in bed with a terrified Tristram, who has heard of the house’s ghost and believes he is being seduced by Scarlet Lucy (who, so the legend goes, will then kill him at daybreak after the seduction).
    Dawn breaks and Tristram has more to fear from Mark, angry that he slept with his sister. Violence is prevented when the suicide note is discovered and mistakenly attributed to Roland. Believing he has overdosed, they try and keep him awake but Mark’s voice sends Roland and Elizabeth to sleep. Tristram discovers Kitty and a mutual attraction. They fall asleep and are discovered by Mark, who again asks Tristram outside to sort matters out.
    Bainbridge turns up, unrecognizable in biking leathers, and is mistaken for a burglar and is subdued by Elizabeth. Eventually all is resolved as Roland comes round and identifies Bainbridge and completes the sale. Roland celebrates and Tristram and Kitty leave together. Mark is left having bored himself to sleep and Elizabeth stands on the doorstep, another note in her hand. Will she stay or will she go?

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2 known characters

2 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Caron Reidy
Caron Reidy
Actor
2019, Elizabeth
Market Theatre, Cowbridge
Whitney Claytor
Whitney Claytor
Costume Designer
2018, Hair and Makeup Designer
California State University Fullerton
Neil Millar
Neil Millar
Technician
2017, Lighting Operator
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Laura Matthews
2017, Kitty
Kevin Jenkins
Kevin Jenkins
Set Designer
2017, Designer
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Emma Lang
Emma Lang
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Stephen Joseph Theatre & New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme & Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
Joanna Watt
Joanna Watt
Actor
2016, Elizabeth
Sheringham Little Theatre
Tom Vanson
Tom Vanson
Actor
2016, Mark
Sheringham Little Theatre
Henri Hayler
Henri Hayler
Actor
2014, Mark
Chicago Heights USA
Nathalie Gunzle
Nathalie Gunzle
Deputy Stage Manager
2014, CSM
Tour
Andrea Newland
2014, Elizabeth (Lead)
Liz Garland
Liz Garland
Actor
2014, Kitty
Emporium Brighton
Keiran Kerswell
2014, Tristan
Stables Theatre Hastings, The Drama Group Chicago
Kate Dooley
Kate Dooley
Stage Manager
2014, Deputy Stage Manager
Michelle Foxton
2013, Kitty
De La Salle Theatre
Mick Walters
Mick Walters
Actor
2013, Roland
Worksop
Karen Brown
Karen Brown
Deputy Stage Manager
2013, DSM
Ross Hatt
Ross Hatt
Actor
2013, Tristram Watson
The Mill at Sonning
Ela Schmid
Ela Schmid
Deputy Stage Manager
2012, Sound Ass.
Tricycle Theatre, London
Lorna Munden
Lorna Munden
Sound Designer
2012, Sound Designer
The Grange Arts Centre