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Actors making themselves at home for Plymouth show
By Jemima Laing
BBC Devon

Henry and Elizabeth Theatre Royal Plymouth
Claire Burlington as Elizabeth and Philip Bosworth as Henry

Sally Meen is used to entertaining but the evening she is hosting at her Plymouth home on 30 July 2010 will be perhaps her most unusual.

She is one of six people whose homes have been chosen to show the play Henry & Elizabeth from home-performance pioneers Signal to Noise.

Each night of the week the play is being performed in a different house, for an audience of up to 12 people.

So the kitchen, sitting room and one of Sally's bedrooms in her Stoke home will be temporarily transformed into a theatre.

"It's just so unusual," said Sally.

"We saw it in the Theatre Royal's summer programme and just knew we wanted to be part of it - we feel really lucky to have been chosen."

A sitting room
Coming to a sitting room near you...

Written and directed by Chris Goode, Henry & Elizabeth is described as a "gentle and captivating comedy".

When hapless Henry is defeated by a simple repair job, and long-suffering Elizabeth finally snaps, it seems as though it might jeopardise their whole relationship.

And it was the fact that it was written by Chris Goode which inspired Sally to apply.

"We saw a play by him in the Drum Theatre last year, King Pelican, and loved it."

Sally and husband Trevor are inviting 10 friends to the show who will stay for supper afterwards.

"We'll invite the company too and the director and writer if they want to come."

Each performance will be slightly different depending on the house it is being performed in.

As with the company's previous domestic pieces, such as Homemade and At Home, some elements of the performance are improvised around each particular home venue and its contents.

The play, which is being brought to the city by the Theatre Royal Plymouth, is a new co-production from Signal to Noise and Northampton's Royal & Derngate.

"It promises to be a very special evening," said Sally, "we really can't wait."

Henry & Elizabeth
Tuesday 27 July - Saturday 31 July 2010
Various locations in Plymouth




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