Enduring tale of ordinary folk

Our Town is at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea, from tonight until Saturday.
Our Town is at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea, from tonight until Saturday.
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In the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, the residents go about their daily lives as observed by the narrator, known only as the stage manager.

From copying homework as children to nervously walking down the aisle as young adults, one couple begin to question how much they value their time on Earth.

Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, which is being performed at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea, from tonight until Saturday, follows the relationship between George Gibbs and Emily Webb.

Tim Astley founded the Guildford-based Apollo Theatre Company in 2010. He says: ‘One of the reasons the play has endured so well throughout its 75-year history is that it is, at its heart, a play about people, and while the world around us has changed dramatically in the past 100 years, the people who live in it are very much the same.

‘We still play ball games and moan about homework, still fall in love with the girl next door, still get nervous on the morning of our wedding and still care more about our loved ones than anything else in the world.’

He adds: ‘While it is undoubtedly very interesting to watch this play and note how different life was in the days in which it is set, it is refreshing and encouraging to see how much it is still the same.’

Earning Thornton Wilder the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1938, the play is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Tickets cost £12 to £14 from the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea, on (023) 9273 7370 or go to groundlings.co.uk.