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posted 01/11/2019

Sufficient Carbohydrate at the Guild Theatre

Dennis Potter’s 1973 Story Of Two Businessmen Separated By The Atlantic And One Generation Comes To The Guild Theatre

The next production at The Guild Theatre is Sufficient Carbohydrate by Dennis Potter.

An English businessman and his American counterpart, both employed by the same company, take a holiday with their families on a Greek island. The aim is to cement their working relationship. Of course, things don’t go according to plan. Trans-Atlantic communication issues, coupled with a generational divide, make things difficult from the very beginning. However, during an alcohol-charged evening, the situation naturally escalates! Things are said… attractions ensue… and the unforeseen consequences of that evening must be faced the next day.

Playwright Dennis Potter gained fame as a screenwriter for British television. He is best known for his BBC Television serials Pennies From Heaven (1978) and The Singing Detective (1987) and for his television plays Blue Remembered Hills (1979) and Brimstone and Treacle (1976). Written in 1973, Sufficient Carbohydrate is Potter’s only theatrical play (although it was adapted for television under the title Visitors in 1987).

Sufficient Carbohydrate will be directed by Roderick Chambers. Roderick has extensive experience as a director, although he was most recently involved in an on-stage role at the Guild, appearing in the 2017 production of The Little Foxes as the long-suffering Horace Giddens.

The set design team, led by David Pointon, have perfectly captured the outdoor terrace of a Greek island villa (with a beautiful sea view). The idyllic set is enough to make anyone pine for their next beach holiday and provides the perfect juxtaposition for the tense relationships between the characters in the play.

Liam Dowley and Vivien Wood are new to the Guild stage and are both looking forward to treading the boards at our theatre for the first time. In contrast, Guild Theatre veterans George Gleeson and Maria Micallef have previously performed in several plays; most recently George excelled in the sinister role of Greg Sanderson in I’ll Be Back Before Midnight (2018) and Maria gave a stellar performance as leading lady Serafina Delle Rose in The Rose Tattoo (2017). Haki Crisden last appeared at The Guild Theatre as the tenacious American tennis-fanatic Josh in the Guild’s production of Daylight Saving earlier this year and is eager to explore a very different character in Sufficient Carbohydrate.

Sufficient Carbohydrate opens on November 8th and is not to be missed!

What: Sufficient Carbohydrate

Where: The Guild Theatre, 87 Railway Street, Cnr Walz St, Rockdale, NSW, 2216

When: Friday, 8th November–Saturday, 30th November 2019

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