Strawberries In January by Evelyne de la Cheneliere in a version by Rona Munro. Performance dates: 6-13 October 2012.
Rona Munro’s English language version of Evelyne de la Cheneliere’s French Canadian play opened at The Traverse Theatre as part of the 2006 Edinburgh Festival, directed by Roxana Silbert. The critics loved it and so did the audience, of whom I was one:
“even the most hard-hearted cynic is bound to leave the theatre grinning” OnstageScotland.
“tender, witty…quite simply, charming” Metro.
“delicious” The Guardian.
François, who is writing a screenplay, is in love with Sophie. His friend Robert had a brief affair with Lea, which resulted in a child. Lea is looking for Sophie, Sophie is looking for Mr Right and everyone is looking for love and a happy ever after to their own story.
Strawberries In January is short (90 minutes, no interval), sharp, clever, funny, romantic and wonderfully theatrical. It’s going to be a blast for the four actors who get to perform it and a joy for the audience when they see it. It’s set in Montreal, Canada; Rona Munro has given the dialogue a slight Scottish edge but it will play perfectly well in an English accent too.
It’s a four-hander; two men, two women, consisting of:
Francois: age 20s – 30s.
Sophie: similar age to Francois
Lea: similar age to Sophie
Robert: a few years older than the others.
I’ll announce audition dates soon but in the meantime feel free to contact me for any more information. We don’t have any reading scripts yet but I’ll tell you what I can.
Andrew Cowie, director.