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Curtains by Stephen Bill at The Rose Theatre Kingston

Curtains Rose Theatre KingstonStephen Bill’s award-winning play Curtains is part of the Rose Theatre Kingston’s 10th anniversary season. Lindsay Posner directs Leo Bill (Michael), Caroline Catz (Susan), Jonathan Coy (Geoffrey), Tim Dutton (Douglas), Wendy Nottingham (Margaret), Saskia Reeves (Katherine), Sandra Voe (Ida) and Marjorie Yates (Mrs Jackson). The production opens on Wednesday 28th February, with previews from Thursday 22nd February, and runs until Saturday 17th March.

Ida’s family is throwing her a birthday tea for her eighty-sixth birthday. As the painfully laboured celebrations go on, her third daughter Susan returns unexpectedly after an absence of 25 years. Tensions immediately flare between the sisters, whilst Ida struggles to recognise her. As the party comes to an end, the family disperse leaving Katherine remembering the pact she made with Ida not to let her suffer into old age… When the family returns, old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open in this at times hilarious, painful and moving picture of a family in turmoil.

Tim Dutton answers a few questions about Curtains:

Curtains. Tim Dutton (Douglas). Credit - Manuel Harlan
Curtains. Tim Dutton (Douglas). Credit – Manuel Harlan

Q: What attracted you to the production of Curtains?
Tim: A terrific script.

Q: Can you tell us about Curtains and what is at the heart of the story?
Tim: The heart of the play is our right to choose and make decisions about our lives. The play is centred around the fallout from that right being exercised in a family.

Q: You play the role of Douglas – can you tell us about him and how he fits into the storyline?
Tim: Douglas is one of the two sons in law.  He’s ex RAF and is now an unsuccessful farmer. His marriage is in the terminal throes.  He watches his wife and sisters in law go through a traumatic experience with their mother. He has his own sad regrets with his own parents and this colours how he sees things and how he behaves throughout the play.

Q: Is your character set or do you have any input as to how to play him?
Tim: Well what he says is in the script but how he’s portrayed is a combination of that, my input and the director’s vision.

Q: How do you think contemporary audiences will view the play?
Tim: Its themes are very relevant and the family’s reactions and the fallout from the day’s events are very funny and relatable.

Q: Why should everyone get along to see the play?
Tim: It’s a very bleak and funny take on themes that are not often voiced… oh and Dream Topping

Tim Dutton plays Douglas. His theatre credits include Iliad (Almeida Theatre), 1984 (Almeida Theatre, Playhouse Theatre), Dangerous Corner (Salisbury Playhouse), Insufficiency (Riverside Studios), A Handful of Dust (Cambridge Theatre), Cider with Rosie (Birmingham Rep), She’s in Your Hands (Royal Exchange Theatre), London Assurance (Chichester Festival Theatre, UK tour, Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Lucky Ones, Love’s Labour’s Love and Victory (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Television credits include Oliver Twist, Frenchman’s Creek, Genius: Einstein, Bonkers, Ally McBeal, Thanks and Melissa. Film credits include Tom and Viv, The Infiltrator, Delight, The Rendezvous, The Detonator, Tooth and The Bourne Identity.

Rose Theatre Kingston
By Stephen Bill
Directed by Lindsay Posner
Rose Theatre Kingston


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