And Up They Flew

Written by:

Martha Ross

Cast Size:
7

Roles For:

  • Women: 2

Genre:

Comedy
Dark Comedy

Themes:

20th Century
Betrayal
Mental Health
Sex
Supernatural
Travel
World War I

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

2009

Synopsis:

“In And Up They Flew, the time is 1936, the place is Northern England, a weekend in the country house of the Ashburys. Jane Ashbury dreams of being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, from east to west. Her childhood friend, Nora Duckworth, has flight fantasies that are decidedly more eccentric. The weekend erupts into chaos, as seven characters become more and more entangled with each other; there is a failed sexual betrayal; an outrageous attempt to fly without wings; a mental breakdown prompted by memories of World War I; an ongoing plot to sabotage Jane’s plans to fly across the Atlantic; and finally, there is a séance in which many truths are revealed.” (From Scirocco Drama Website)

Characters:

Nora Duckworth / Jane Ashbury / Ted Pitt / Claire Pitt / Roger Ashbury / Marlow Stokes / Daphne Crunchwell

First Produced:

2009 Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto

Resources:

And Up They Flew is available through the Scirocco Drama Website.

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Notes:

“Part of the reason for the success of their shows is that Ross, Cherniak, and their collaborators never lose the heart of their work, never go for the abstract instead of the human.”–Plays International (From Scirocco Drama Website)