Ruby & Cedar is a new piece of writing from Fishhouse Theatre; women creating theatre about women, for everyone.
Friendship, self-sacrifice and space are all explored in this play which begins with two grown-up sisters, Ruby & Cedar, returning to their rural childhood home for the annual visit.
Even though they’re wrestling with adult issues these days – grown-up kids, relationships and the dreaded menopause – Cedar still wants Ruby to play space race again. However, this time something has changed.
Instead of sisterhood the pair reveal old sibling rivalries are uncovered.
This is a hugely relatable story for anyone who’s loved, hated or lost someone; basically, anyone who’s been part of a family!
The writer and actors in this production are all women over 50. They bring a blackly comic point of view and the script is fast-paced and at times truly heart-breaking. It would make a fantastic show to see as a family, (although it is not really suitable for under-14s as it contains some adult themes and some mild bad language).
But the themes explored are likely to chime with anyone. Indeed, audience members of a certain age might have memories of being woken up to watch the moon landings in 1969, following The Cosmonauts vs The Astronauts, or even the dogs, monkeys and men who travelled to the moon, just like Ruby.
You can catch Ruby and Cedar at Spital Arts in Chesterfield on April 24.