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Arena Theatre presents Nick Payne's


Directed by Paul Nelson with permission from

'Let's go for a drink. I don't know what I'm doing here anyway. One drink. And if you never want to see me again you never have to see me again.' Nick Payne's Constellations is a play about free will and friendship; it's about quantum multiverse theory, love and honey. This exceptional romantic drama packs more into just over an hour than most manage in three. Constellations is a playful, ingenious, touching and intellectually searching play.

  • Performance Dates
  • Sat, 04 Feb 2017 20:00 at The Plaza, Romsey
  • Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:00 at The Lighthouse, Poole
  • Thu, 09 Feb 2017 14:30 at The Lighthouse, Poole
  • Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:00 at The Lighthouse, Poole
  • Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:00 at The Lighthouse, Poole
  • Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:30 at The Lighthouse, Poole
  • Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:00 at The Lighthouse, Poole
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Paul Nelson - Readthrough and Audition      18/09/2016

The readthrough for Constellations will be held on Wednesday, 5 October 2016 at 7.30pm. The auditions will be held on Sunday, 9 October 2016 at 7.30pm. Both events will take place at Pokesdown Community Primary School, Livingstone Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2AS

Anne Waggott - Scene One

Constellations is a completely new play to me; I had no idea what to expect and walking into an auditorium to be faced with a black box open stage and carefully arranged balloons didn’t give me much more of a clue. What evolves over an hour and a quarter is a very intense, complex two- handed snapshot of human relationships and passions.
Paul Nelson’s expert direction ensures that every possible way of delivering the similar lines within each snippet of conversation between the two characters is explore, in every conceivable way from either protagonist’s perspective. It is not the easiest narrative to follow, as it is less Sliding Doors and more a fly-on-the-wall ‘docudrama’, flitting between different parallel universes in a non-linear fashion.
However, if it takes concentration from the audience to follow the sequence of events, imagine how complicated it must be for the actors themselves! With a stage stripped bare of any scenery, props or atmospheric lighting designs, there is nowhere for the two actors to hide. Becky Mills (Marianne) and Sean Beaumont (Roland) both handle the material with great depth of focus, exhibiting highly accomplished performance skills and characterisations as each interpretation of the scenarios is explored, eliciting every nuance of human interaction and communication through every gesture, facial expression and tone of voice. Each version of their individual character is totally believable and together they create completely credible couples.
If you want (or need) a light-hearted evening of escapist entertainment, then this isn’t for you; conversely, if you want to experience an extraordinary, poignant ride through the gamut of human emotions, then hold on to your hats – this is one heck of a ride.
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