Cambridge students perform play in theatre loo

Women's loos, ADC Theatre Cambridge The ADC Theatre's women's loos will be cleaned during the short performance

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A play is to be performed in the toilet of a Cambridge theatre in front of an audience of up to eight people.

Troubled Sleep, which has a cast of two, is being staged at the ADC Theatre in what producers believe is the first performance of its kind at the venue.

The play has been set on location because it is about two sisters, one of whom cleans loos for a living.

"You can't build a better set than the place itself," said director Isolde Penwarden.

"When you're brought into the environment that the girls are having this discussion in, I think that you truly engage on the most significant level with the work," she added.

'Hold it in'
Hellie Cranney and Victoria Fell Hellie Cranney and Victoria Fell are performing the two roles

Hellie Cranney, who plays one of the sisters, said: "I've done pantomime and comedy, so having an audience near to me doesn't really scare me.

"But we have had some prior training on what to do if they get in our way - if they sit on our toilet, we're going to tell them it's closed."

The ADC is Cambridge University's theatre and plays have been performed at its site on Park Street since 1855.

Troubled Sleep is based upon Mal Dormir by the Spanish playwright Jose Sanchis Sinisterra.

It has been translated by Ms Penwarden and Bill Murphy.

Ms Cranney is confident no one in the audience will need to use the loo for the duration of the play.

"It's only going to be half an hour long so they'll hold it in," she said.

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