Outward Bound

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Oberon Books, Jun 18, 2012 - Drama - 88 pages

Seven passengers meet in the saloon bar of a ship as it sets sail from an unidentified English port. Socialite Mrs Cliveden-Banks is on her way to join her husband, a Colonel in the army; Mr Lingley has important businessin Marseilles; charlady Mrs Midget is making her first passage by sea; Reverend William Duke is looking forward to a holiday, while Tom Prior intends to spend the journey in the ship’s saloon bar. Also on board are Henry and Ann, a young couple who seem anxious for the ship to leave port. But the travellers have more incommon than they dare suspect. Out at sea, an eerie calm settles over the ship as Tom is the first to discover the fate which awaits his fellow passengers...

Outward Bound was one of the biggest West End and Broadway hits of the 1920s and was twice filmed. Its production at the Finborough Theatre in 2012 marks its first London run in more than fifty years.


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Playwright Sutton Vane (1888–1963) was a British actor and playwright. When the First World War began he joined the British army at the age of 26 and served until he was invalided out due to shell-shock. After the war, he turned to playwriting. Outward Bound was his third play and the work for which he is now remembered.

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