Poignant love story about CS Lewis to be staged in Sudbury

Shadowlands ANL-161102-140605001

Shadowlands ANL-161102-140605001

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Sudbury Dramatic Society is looking forward to its first production of 2016, Shadowlands by William Nicholson.

Shadowlands is the humorous and unsentimental true story of the relationship between popular author and academic, C.S. Lewis, writer of The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe series of children’s books about the magical land of Narnia, and the divorced American poet, Joy Davidman.

Set in Oxford in the 1950s, their relationship begins with a long distance correspondence but, once Joy arrives in Oxford, she delights Lewis, who goes through a marriage of convenience with her to enable her to remain in England.

From these tentative and timid beginnings their relationship develops into a deep and abiding love. However, when Joy becomes terminally ill it comes to a tragic, but ultimately optimistic conclusion.

The characters of Lewis and Joy are played by two SDS actors with proven track records with the Society, Neil Arbon and Heidi Bernhard-Bubb.

However, as director Peter Drew says, “The success of Shadowlands depends on the ability of all the cast to work together to create a whole” and Shadowlands aims to do just that.