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Travel with Henry Pulling, retired bank manager and dahlia-fanatic, on the journey of a lifetime across the world in the company of his eccentric Aunt Augusta.

As their adventures become ever more convoluted and frenetic, they encounter secret agents, thieves, art smugglers and many other dubious characters in this fast and furious adaptation of Graham Greene’s much-loved black comedy Travels With My Aunt being staged at Stamford Arts Centre from May 12-16 by Stamford Shoestring Theatre.

Five hard-working actors play a myriad of roles, swapping identities, genders and nationalities in a theatrical treat that will amaze and amuse.

Written and firmly set in the 1960s and among the collection of writings that Graham Greene called ‘entertainments’ (as opposed to novels!), Travels With My Aunt is a marvellous collection of stereotypes of that time whose antics often parody many of Greene’s earlier works.

Henry Pulling is a careful bachelor with little to occupy his days. We meet him at his mother’s funeral, an event of ‘agreeable excitement’, for the colour it adds to his somewhat drab existence.

After the funeral, his life falls under the more stimulating influence of his Aunt Augusta and Henry learns to live a little; as he struggles to cope with his Aunt’s more relaxed standards Augusta tells Henry, ‘I despise no one, no one. Never presume yours is a better morality’.

Required to adopt a more Bacchanalian life and focus on the here and now to fall in line with Aunt Augusta’s plans, Henry joins her on the journey of a lifetime.

Will he decide that life is worth living at any cost? We follow his adventures in this much-loved, black comedy as he travels far and wide and finds outA production by our resident amateur drama company.

For tickets contact the Box Office on 01780 763203.