Four women linked by a postcode

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SOFIA: Alison Skilbeck as the Italian café owner ©Javea Players

“Go see how character comedy acting is done!” – Miranda Hart

YOU’RE IN FOR A TREAT when professional actress Alison Skilbeck takes to the stage – you’ll love all four of her because, although a one-woman show, Alison portrays several well-observed characters and what starts as a monologue about each, somehow becomes unexpectedly intertwined.

Well, they do all live in Battersea SW11, practically neighbours. There’s Claire, a diplomat’s former wife struggling to come to terms with her husband’s desertion for a younger woman; Sofia an Italian café owner trying to move up in the world but somewhat hampered by la mama; Sara, a new-age therapist who needs to try some of her own ‘medicine’ and finally Sam, a hard-nosed business woman, who always goes home alone.

Alison has worked with Ayckbourn, teaches at RADA and has a finely-tuned eye. What could be one dimensional, fleshes out under her careful guidance into rounded characters who live and breathe, each with their own demons and a determination to overcome them.

You’ll be spellbound by her powers of characterisation. Wearing a simple black dress, Skilbeck only has to alter her hair, change footwear and an extra outer garment to immediately lead the audience into a new character, at which point her words and movement complete the picture.

Despite some pathos, the piece is frequently laugh out loud funny. For a taster, check out this clip.

BOOK NOW –‘Are There More of You?’will be performed by Alison from Monday January 22 – Saturday January 27 at 8.00pm each evening at Javea Players’ Studio Theatre. Tickets cost €12 and can be purchased via www.javeplayers.com.

For more information or assistance, get in touch – 620 412 384 / boxoffice@javeplayers.com. La Cocina Javea will open specially to offer a pre-theatre dinner from 6.00pm each night. Two-course menu for 16€or three-course menu for 19€, both with ½ bottle of wine per person. Check out www.lacocinajavea.com and call 965 795 140 to book.

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