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Blind/Doing The Business and Rupert and Me - Courtyard Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TRIPLE Jump Productions is presenting two plays by acclaimed author Doug Lucie on the intersection of art and money: the stage premiere of Blind and the first revival of the 1990 short play Doing the Business.

Directed by Sean Turner, they run at the Courtyard Theatre Studio from January 21 to February 23, 2014.

Blind is a study of young British artists.

Conceptual artist, enfant terrible, and tabloid target Maddy Burns is the protege of the Svengali-like collector Paul Stone. When Maddy’s chaotic world pulls aspiring painter Alan Gillespie into its orbit, Alan’s classicist patron fears the worst.

Doing the Business, unseen since its Royal Court debut, suggests that the gift of sponsorship comes at a price.

Written in response to the slashing of 1980s arts subsidy, Doing the Business feels as relevant in 2014 as it did in 1990. When the names of businesses routinely adorn theatre programmes (and the theatres themselves) it’s worth asking – at what cost?

As austerity bites once more, and artists are ever more reliant on benefactors, the question remains: what is the difference between sponsorship… and ownership?

Tickets: £12, £10 concessions – available online at www.thecourtyard.org.uk/whatson/.

Time: 7.30pm.

Rupert & Me, Lee Chapman’s reworking of The Odd Couple, runs in the Main House from January 23 to February 8, 2014.

Set in 1996 in Hampstead, England, the play opens as a group of guys assemble for a game of cards in the home of Johnny Wilson, a recently separated, former teen pop star. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him.

Late to arrive is Rupert Dawes who has just been kicked out by his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Rupert seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Johnny becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available online at www.thecourtyard.org.uk/whatson/.

Time: 7.30pm (No performances Sunday or Monday).