The explosion in the final act of Heartbreak House was inspired by the Zeppelin raid
of the night of 1st October 1916. The L-31 Zeppelin passed over Ayot St Lawrence,
witnessed by Shaw, and was brought down a few miles away in Potters Bar. “Oh I hope
they’ll come again tomorrow night!” says Hesione Hushabye in the closing lines of
the play, gazing at the night sky.
So what happened next? Come along and find out in the reading of Anne Wright’s thoughtful,
surprising and wryly funny Epilogue, co-winner of the 2016 T F Evans Award. It is
now 1924, and Captain Shotover has just died . . .
The judges of the T F Evans Award commended Epilogue to Heartbreak House for its
witty Shavian style and dramatic reversals. Accepting the award, Anne Wright said
“When I sat down at my computer the words simply flowed. I felt that Shaw was standing
behind me, spirit-writing through the keys!”
The reading of Epilogue to Heartbreak House will be directed by Jonas Cemm, who appeared
as Don Juan in the reading of the co-winner of the T F Evans Award, Don Juan in Heaven,
at a recent meeting.
There will be a short introduction to set the context, and the reading will be followed
by a discussion with the actors, director, and writer.