Awards entry conjures up ‘great American dream’

Bob Ryder, Phil Brown and Guy Steddon in Death of a Salesman
Bob Ryder, Phil Brown and Guy Steddon in Death of a Salesman
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THE hopes and pitfalls of the ‘great American dream’ are vividly conjured up in Death of a Salesman.

The play is Wick Theatre Company’s entry in the annual Brighton and Hove Arts Council Drama Awards.

Arther Miller’s play premièred in 1949 and has become widely-acclaimed as one of the outstanding plays of the 20th century.

Travelling salesman Willy Loman, played by Bob Ryder, has spent his entire life chasing his fortune but never succeeding.

Worn down by debt, discarded by his boss and losing his grip on reality, he continues to place all his hopes on his son Biff, played by Guy Steddon, the golden boy who never lived up to the promise he showed in high school.

Grasping at straws, Willy is living in an idealised version of the past. He refuses to let go of the dreams for his son, despite the fact Biff, who once worshipped him, has come to reject him.

Death of a Salesman presents one of the most memorable portrayals of a father-son relationship in the theatre. Recent revivals of the play, on stage and screen, have been popular with critics and audiences alike.

Directed by Graham Till, the Wick Theatre production uses the original soundtrack from the 1949 production and recreates the atmosphere of life in the Loman family in New York in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

The play runs from October 9 to 12 at the Barn Theatre, at Southwick Community Centre, in Southwick Street, Southwick, at 7.45pm daily. Tickets are £11 from www.wicktheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01273 597094.