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“A Slight Ache” by Harold Pinter

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“A Slight Ache” by Harold Pinter

Directed by Ava Hunt

On the longest day of the year …

 At the height of summer …

 On the surface everything appears to be perfect in Edward and Flora’s life… But the presence of a supposedly innocent Matchseller, triggers a series of revelations, and their lives will never be the same again.

A Slight Ache, tells the story of an older couple living in a rural area, whose marriage is disrupted by an external force – a Matchseller.  The Matchseller’s presence once invited into their home, slowly, silently, contributes to the marriage’s demise.

After a distinguished career spanning decades, Maggie Ford, a revered actor based in Derbyshire, is set to make a triumphant return to the stage at the age of 84. This team of seasoned Derbyshire actors bring this funny, disturbing, and powerful play to the stage, beautifully celebrating Pinter’s fascination with the interloper.

Ava Hunt Theatre (CIO) – is a professional theatre company based in rural Derbyshire. AHT is an award winning company with a commitment to creating stimulating, high quality theatre and workshops for community audiences and young people.

Warning: the play contains references to historical sexual violence

Guidance 16+


All performances are at 7.30.  The performance lasts one hour, followed by a short Q&A.  The full tour details are as follows:

Youlgrave Village Hall Holywell Lane, Youlgave, Derbyshire DE45 1UT 11th July Thurs 7.30
Buxton Community School College Rd, Buxton SK17 9EA 5th July Friday 7.30
Derby Theatre Eagle Walk, Derby DE1 2NF 6th July Saturday 7.30
Buxton Community School College Rd, Buxton SK17 9EA 12th July Friday 7.30
Wirksworth Town Hall Coldwell St, Wirksworth DE4 4EU 13th July Saturday 7.30
Buxton Community School College Rd, Buxton SK17 9EA 18th July Thursday 7.30
Tansley Village Hall Church St, Tansley DE4 5FH 20th July Saturday 7.30
Medway Centre New St, Bakewell DE45 1DY 26th July Friday 7.30


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