That very dream is explored in Graham Greene’s much loved novel Travels with my Aunt – currently enjoying a stage revival with acclaimed theatre company Creative Cow.
Coming to Buxton Opera House from May 2 to 4, the production marks the 25th anniversary of Greene’s death.
Described by Greene as ‘the only book I have ever written for the fun of it’, the play takes its audience on a whirlwind journey, plotting one very ordinary man’s extraordinary journey of self-discovery.
The unlikely hero of the play – Henry - leads a quiet, risk-free and dull, bachelor life, effectively retired from work, life and the world. Until, that is, his eccentric Aunt Augusta persuades him to travel with her to Brighton and Paris, then on to Istanbul and across the world to Paraguay. Through her he joins a shifty twilight society of pot-smoking hippies, war criminals, men from the CIA and hard core art smugglers. He puts his colourless and predictable life behind him as he finds himself changing beyond recognition.
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Just four actors will represent 20 colourful characters - each playing a part in retired,rather boring, suburban bank manager Henry Pulling’s great transformation.
Travels with My Aunt takes place from Monday, May 2, to Wednesday, May 4, at 7.30pm. There will be a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Wednesday.
To buy tickets priced at £20 or for more information call Buxton Opera House box office on 01298 72190 or visit the website www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk