Eastern Angles

Red Skies

Friday 30th April 2021 - 7:30 pm

From the writer of Private Resistance, Eastern Angles presents Red Skies - a 'what if' meeting of two of Suffolk's most famous residents: George Orwell, who took his name from the Ipswich riber, and Arthur Ransome, who lived on it.

We're in Southwold just before the outbreak of the war, and Orwell's father is dying. Arthur, along with his wife Evgenia, are sailing up the coast from Pin Mill. When Orwell, who is about to write Animal Farm, learns that Evgenia was the former secretary of Russia's revolutionary leader, Trotsky, and that Ransome used to play chess with Lenin, he hurries down to the harbour.

With their shared interest in fishing, fables and the east coast, the two men begin a tentative friendship, until a mutual suspcion of spies causes sparks to fly. The extraordinary links between Orwell and Ransome and the women they loved fuels the flames. Resolution comes in 1950 with a new decade, and Orwell's final days.

Seventy years on from Orwells death, this comic, clever and at times deeply personal new play by Ivan Cutting, probes behind the facade of two famous authors to find the secrets that both inspired and haunted them.