Deepening recession, an uninspiring job, higher taxes, litter and antisocial neighbours (who happen to play great music). Stuck in the middle between the investment bankers at one end and the hoodies at the other, is it any wonder that worrying about the futue can push you to the edge of reason?

Ordinary Dreams is a dark comedy for our times – a story of middle class anxiety, electric wheelchairs and salvation. 

The story centres on Penny and Miles, who are awaiting the imminent birth of their first child from completely different perspectives. Whilst recovering alcoholic Penny is the epitome of calm anticipation and deep breathing, her partner Miles is gradually retreating into a quagmire of fear and neurosis about the baby’s future. Armed only with a candlestick and a bold imagination, he spends his days saving the world by creating a utopian fantasy for his son and everyone else to live in. As Miles starts to surround himself with a bizarre armoury of cast-offs from eBay, Penny’s ex-alcoholic, ex-boyfriend Dan and his new-age, karma-embracing girlfriend Layla are also on hand to offer their own unique blend of advice. 

Ordinary Dreams is a cautionary tale of how easy it is to lose oneself in a world in flux and how easy it can be to find redemption.

Written by Marcus Markou, Ordinary Dreams stars James Lance and Adrian Bower, reunited after last appearing together on hit C4 drama Teachers. Bower was last seen at Trafalgar Studios in Elling, while Lance has worked on stage at the Bush theatre and the Donmar Warehouse. 

For more about Ordinary Dreams at the Trafalgar Studio 2, read the First Night Feature.

 

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