“Every time I hear that train, I get a little feeling of excitement. I always wonder: maybe some wonderful person is getting off here, and he’ll come into the dime store for something, and see me behind the counter…”
Picnic explains the story of a family, the Owens: Madge is the eldest, the pretty one destined to a rich boy, Alan; Millie is the youngest, and though she’s strikingly intelligent, she doesn’t have the charm Madge has, so she’s always taken for granted; Flo is the Single Mother who takes care of them two. While making preparations for Labour day, the Owens will be startled by the arrival of an old friend of Alan’s, who, in a short period of time, has an instant connection with Madge and will move things around the set and planned lives of the sisters.
Madge is a young girl who’s always been accredited for how pretty she is. Now that she’s 19, she’s dating Alan, a rich boy from town whose parents don’t fully agree with him dating a girl like Madge: Poorer than them and without finished studies.
As she grows older, Madge starts questioning if there’s something else in her than her beauty, if there’s something more to live for than just being a good wife to a good husband. By the time she’s having these doubts, Hal, a somewhat troublesome boy but friend of Alan, appears in the neighbourhood.
Madge is driven by passion, instinct and rebellion. In the beggining of the play she tries at all times to make her mother happy, to be what she’s supposed to be. But as the play goes by it is shown how her inner need for something more starts bursting out, up to the point when she decides that she has to leave town to be with who she wants to be with.
Madge gave me the chance to improve my GenAm, since it was the accent we used all through the play.
Picnic was produced in the beautiful gardens of Terramar Hotel, Sitges. Also, we had jazz music playing live. All of this gave the production a magical atmosphere for the ones who took part on it and the ones who enjoyed watching.
Shows: 19th, 20th, 21st, 2nd of May 2016
Director: Drew Mulligan
Set & Costume: Valentina Ricci
Photo credit to Jo Kemp Photography