Language Archive by Julia Cho (27-28 June 2014)
Winner of the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
"George is a professor of linguistics; dedicating his life to preserving dead and dying languages in the Language Archive. The problem is that for all his languages George can’t find the words to tell his wife Mary how much he loves her and stop her leaving him, whilst his assistant Emma can’t find a way to tell George how she feels about him. To make matters worse the last two speakers of the dying language Elloway have fallen out on their journey to the archive and are having an argument – and consequently can only speak in English - “the language of anger” - as their own language “is too sacred for this kind of angry talk”.
In a subtle blend of comedy and pathos the Language Archive explores the limitations of language and the enduring nature of love, the human spirit …..and bread
What They Said
Another superb evening from St. Michael's Players .
George Alastair Dewar
Mary Cressida Strauss
Emma Helen Doyle
Alta Bryony Wilman
Resten David Landau
Language Instructor/Train Conductor Madeleine Hazard
Mr Baker/Passerby/Elderly Gentleman David Patrick Stucky
Director Olivia Keetch
Technical advisor Marc Pearce
Recordings Andy Murray
Lighting and Sound Operators Jo Harry
Set Emma McMillan Hind
Costumes by the cast
Business Manager Chris Hulatt
Front of House Members & Friends of St Michael's Players