Brief Encounter (Live Radio)

Aug 6, 2020 - Aug 8, 2020

Brief Encounter (Live Radio)


The Waterfront Playhouses popular radio series will next bring 1945’s Brief Encounter. The film tells the story about a passionate extramarital affair in England shortly before WWII, where Laura, a married woman with children, whose conventional life becomes increasingly complicated following a chance meeting at a railway station with a married stranger with whom she subsequently falls in love.

Brief Encounter was met with wide praise from critics upon its release and is today considered to be among David Lean’s finest directorial works.

The voice-over throughout the film is in the form of an unspoken confession from Laura to her husband Laura Jesson, played by Barbara Mundy, a respectable middle-class British woman in an affectionate but rather dull marriage, tells her story while sitting at home with her husband, Ross Pipkin, imagining that she is confessing her affair to him.

Laura, like many women of her class at the time, goes to a nearby town every Thursday for shopping and to the cinema for a matinée. Returning from one such excursion to Milford, while waiting in the railway station’s refreshment room, she is helped by another passenger, who solicitously removes a piece of grit from her eye. The man is Alec Harvey, played by John McDonald, an idealistic doctor who also works one day a week as a consultant at the local hospital. Both are married and with children. Rounding out the cast is Gerri Louise Gates as the talkative friend.

The “Dry Run” of Brief Encounter will be Thursday August 6 at 8pm with tickets $20. The Broadcast will be Saturday August 8 at 8pm with tickets $40. 50 tickets will be sold on a first come basis, masks are required, temperatures will be taken and social distancing observed.

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