Three friends to face unusual theatre crowd at Rosie’s

Nick Downes as Henri (left) and Patric Howe as Gustav (right) rehearsing for Heroes, which is being performed at Rosie's Wine Bar, Elm Grove
Nick Downes as Henri (left) and Patric Howe as Gustav (right) rehearsing for Heroes, which is being performed at Rosie's Wine Bar, Elm Grove
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Three friends who have lived in Portsmouth for over 30 years are putting on a play for an unconventional audience this Monday and Tuesday.

At Rosie’s Wine Bar, Southsea the RopesEnd Theatre Co are performing Heroes, the Tom Stoppard adaption of the Gerald Sibleyras play is set in 1959 and features three veterans from World War One discussing their past.

All from various theatre companies in the city, RopesEnd Theatre Co don’t regularly perform together and with their irregular choice of venue, want to reach a different audience to ‘regular theatre goers.’

Nick Downes, who plays Henri, says: ‘We wanted to do something in a non theatre environment. We are all experienced actors and directors so we are prepared to do something outside the normal theatre space, to reach a different audience.

‘What we want really is people to have a whole evening and there will be some who are eating at Rosie’s when it starts. It’s really to encourage people to experience it and have a whole evening out, not just go to the theatre watch the show and then go home again.’

Author of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard translated the play and the first English production was in 2005.

Nick adds: ‘Tom was just the right man for it I think and he’s such a good writer. He understands the humour which can sometimes not come across in translated plays.

‘We just hope that people will stay afterwards and have a drink so we can talk about what happens in the play and what people think of it. The most important thing about theatre is that it should provoke and encourage thoughts.’

The performance including a two course meal beforehand is £25.

Tickets: £8 - £10 Rosie’s Wine Bar, Southsea (023) 9275 5944.