The Six Loves Of Billy Binns

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by Richard Lumsden

Tom Courtenay stars as 110 year old Billy.

Billy wants to remember what love feels like before he dies.

His past loves are ready to remind him.

Billy Binns....Tom Courtenay

Evie....Alison Pettitt

Alice....Tanya Franks

Vera....Ella Smith

Dotty....Joanna Monro

Mrs Coggins....Keeley Beresford

Sylvie....Gbemisola Ikumelo

Boy....Walter Lumsden

Director....Sally Avens

Tom Courtenay stars as 110 year old Billy in this moving play by Richard Lumsden.

As a teacup falls from Billy's hand he realises he will be dead by the time it hits the floor, but has he time to remember what love feels like one last time before he dies.

Into his memory come his past loves.

Mrs Coggins, the mother of his mate Gilley, who took his virginity.

Evie, the love he left and lived to regret.

Alice, his wife of 32 years.

Vera, who he adored, as they worked the buses together during the Blitz and Dotty who taught him a new kind of love in his later years.

But some of their memories don't quite tally with his own - or his idea of what love should be.

And perhaps his memory isn't quite what it was - did he really rescue his mate Gilley from the battlefields of France in a daredevil manner? Did he really share secrets with his son? And did Vera have quite such a beautiful voice? Time is running out for Billy and he wants to find some answers before it's too late.

Tom Courtenay is best known for his film work in 'Billy Liar' , 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' and 'Dr Zhivago' more recently he has been seen in 'The Royle Family' and Little Dorrit'.

Tanya Franks is currently appearing at the National in 'Really Old Like 45' and is best known for her work on TV in 'EastEnders'.

Richard Lumsden is a writer and actor.

As a writer he has written several plays for Radio 4 and was shortlisted for the Tinniswood Award for his play 'Man In The Moon' also starring Tom Courtenay.

As an actor he is known for his work in 'Clare in The Community' on Radio 4 and 'Sugar Rush' on C4 amongst many other roles.

110-year-old Billy wants to remember what love is like before he dies.

Tom Courtenay stars as a 110-year-old who wants to remember what love feels like one last time before he dies. His past loves are ready to remind him.