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Pumphouse Theatre Company presents the Graham Greene classic, Travels with My Aunt
11:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
Described by Graham Greene as ‘the only book I have written just for the fun of it’, Travels with My Aunt is the story of Henry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager, who meets his Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral.
In this story of innocence and experience, protagonist Henry swaps suburban Southwood for South America, and tending his dahlias for pot-smoking, currency-smuggling and shielding former war criminals.
Henry's tutor is his mercurial 75-year-old aunt, Augusta who worked as a prostitute, has a manservant from Sierra Leone called Wordsworth, and a much-missed former lover who was a Nazi collaborator. With a casual disregard for money or conventional morality she coaxes the pooterish Henry out of the prison of suburbia to find freedom - and opens his eyes to the fact that life can be stranger, riskier and far more enjoyable than his years spent plodding at a bank.
The play's secret weapon is the fact that Aunt Augusta is played by a man. Prepare for a whirlwind journey of comedy as four of the Pump House's seasoned male actors play out this hilarious story and a wide variety of characters in a novel that takes them from an English crematorium to Paraguay via Paris, Turkey and Argentina.
- Pump House Theatre, Local Board Road, Lower High Street, Watford from Monday, September 23 to Saturday, September 28 at 7.45pm. Details: 0844 8700 887, pumphousetheatrecompany.com
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