Modern marriage under the spotlight at West Acre

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Westacre Theatre is taking a satirical, farcical and downright absurd look at modern marriage from one of Italy’s greatest playwrights, and her husband, in The Open Couple.

From the writer of Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay? Don’t Pay! comes this hilarious, sharp and near-the-knuckle black comedy about men and women and marriage.

Directed by Camilla Falconbridge, the play shows Dario Fo and Franca Rame teamed up to create a fast, frenzied and energetic portrayal of marriage and the ups and downs of life as an ‘open couple’.

Antonia and her husband are struggling to get their marriage back on track after his countless affairs and her countless suicide attempts but one thing leads to another and soon they embark on an open relationship.

As Antonia begins to dip her toes into the dating pool, which is filled with toyboys and depressed older divorcees, she comes to realise that: “For the open couple to work properly only one side of it has to be open. Because if it’s open on both sides then there are terrible draughts.”

Will her husband be able to cope with Antonia finding love outside the marriage while he finds only meaningless sex? Will she want him back after he forced her into an ‘open relationship’ in the first place?

Find out by watching as Westacre Theatre Company performers Karen Bates and David Connor perform this hilarious two-hander, which is not to be missed.

The Open Couple is showing on February 21, 22, 28, and March 1, with all showings starting at 8pm.

Tickets cost £12 and are available from the box office on 01760 755800 or on the website,