You Can't Go Swimming With Your Ex-Husband

This two person show is set in a surreal, but unnervingly, probable world of a massive corporation - where encouraging chirpy American voices in the lift congratulate people on 'teamwork' and 'pressure management'. A 'blue sky' thinking and high flying management type gets into a lift, followed by a power dressing woman. The lift inevitably gets stuck and the conversation is timid and awkward as you’d expect in the unpleasant circumstances, until the man rakes up the inconvenience that they were once married.In the claustrophobic confines of the lift the couple are forced to finally approach the daunting task of settling their affairs. They are forced to break down each others barriers to uncover the unpleasant truths about the relationship they buried to protect themselves. Squabbling and claustrophobia get in the way of them making quick breakthroughs in a combination of 'Hell is other people' and 'Private Lives'. For the couple it is an emotional rollercoaster, reviving their hate and their love to make a fascinating play. The performances were strong but not as overbearingly powerful and blisteringly emotional as many warring couples I’ve seen. Like the lift it won’t take you to any immense highs or lows but the result is as an interesting and heart warming play.

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The Blurb

The lift jams, two work colleagues await rescue: the minutes tick by, uncomfortable truths are laid bare and there's a feeling that the walls are closing in. A cracking new drama. www.zoecooper.co.uk

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