A Short History Of Longing

Shelagh Stephenson's comic study of loneliness through the authors of personal ads in newspapers and magazines.

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0120070924

The personal ads in everything from the TLS to the smallest local rag reveal a thousand hopes unfulfilled and lives unlived.

But they also reveal people's profound and comical capacity for self-delusion.

0220070925

Lives of quiet desperation lurk beneath the surface of even the most preposterous personal ads, as Catherine and Rowan are about to find out.

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Behind the quiet desperation of the personal ads there often lies some irresistible comedy.

0420070927

Having finally admitted to being lonely, Rowan and Catherine find themselves at opposite ends of the table at a singles dinner party.

0520070928

Having discovered that personal columns are a disaster, Rowan and Catherine's friends decide that some direct action is called for.

  • alison....anna bengo
  • catherine....Haydn Gwynne
  • directed by - Eoin O'callaghan
  • emma....laura molyneux
  • jessica....lizzy mcinnerny
  • martha....joannah tincey
  • neville....alex lanipekun
  • nick....Miche Doherty
  • richard....Peter Marinker
  • rowan....john gordon sinclair
  • toby....sam pamphilon