A new play about one man and the program that changed the
world’s treatment of addiction … forever.
Bill Wilson – Jay Benedict.
Lois Wilson – Cathy Walker.
Bob Smith – Mike Halden.
Written and directed by Phil Fox
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Two video extracts have been uploaded to the InExcess website
and may be viewed by clicking on the links below:
(All the following photographs should enlarge.)
Written and directed by the Artistic Director of Outside Edge,
Phil Fox, One Day at a Time tells the story of the man known to
millions of recovering alcoholics as ‘Bill W’ : how he co-founded
Alcoholics Anonymous with Dr Bob Smith, pioneered the
‘12 steps‘, helped AA grow and – finally – set it free …
The action of the play takes place over the course of a few hours in
a hotel in St Louis in 1955.
Bill Wilson is struggling to stay sober. His depression,
womanising, physical illness and collapsing marriage
are taking their toll on him.
Under increasing criticism from fellow recovering
alcoholics Bill instigates an encounter with an old friend who
suggests a way through his troubles. Following his suggestions
Bill decides to risk everything, sparking events that lead
to the final and greatest chapter in his and AA’s destiny.
“Theatre really doesn’t get any better than this.”
“Can anyone ever get rid of the Demons? Or the ghosts that follow you? …
however long Bill Wilson stays sober, he has other problems; his smoking,
his womanising … Dr Bob Smith, his co-founder, is his constant ghost and
will not let him be … This play could be – should be – at the Fringe Awards
next year at the Waldorf … I urge you to see this play. Great performances
from Jay Benedict as Bill, Cathy Walker as Lois and Michael Halden as
Dr Bob Smith. Phil Fox deserves much credit for the writing and direction. “
(Review by Tony Parkin from London Festival Fringe.)
(Photos – Copyright: Katherine Peachey/Outside Edge Theatre Company)
Tara Arts, Earlsfield.
Oxford House, Bethnal Green.
Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.
9th to 28th November 2010.