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The Mercy Seat (2014)
Written by Neil la Bute
Wed 28th May to Sat 31st May

When thousands are missing, is it a good time to disappear?

Director – Richard Warren
Production Photos
Ben Harcourt – Peter Gillam
Abby Prescott – Anne-marie Greene
Lighting Design – Karl Stafford
Sound – Dave Cornish
Props – Lesley Rahilly
Set Dressing – Lesley Rahilly
Stage Manager – Karl Stafford
Prompt – Jane Flavelle
Wardrobe – Maureen Liggins
The Programme
The Play

The world has changed overnight. On September 12, 2001, Ben Harcourt find's himself in the New York downtown apartment of his lover and boss, Abby Prescott. His endlessly ringing mobile phone haunt's their conversation as Ben and Abby explore the choices now available to them in an existence different from the one they knew just the day before. Will Ben let his family know he's alive, or will he and Abby take this chance to create a new life for themselves?
An acerbic and extremely well-written play which explores the subject of the need for and impossibility of total honesty in relationships, and the morality of being opportunistic and selfish in a time when others are suffering and acting selflessly. It keeps the audience guessing until the very end.

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