And Up They Flew


Theatre Columbus Presents

And Up They Flew

Gosford Park meets the Marx Brothers

Written by Martha Ross

  • Nora DuckworthLisa Norton
  • Jane AshburyKerry Ann Doherty
  • Ted PittJohn Jarvis
  • Claire PittJulie Stewart
  • Roger AshburyJohn Cleland
  • Marlow StokesPaul Braunstein
  • Daphne CrunchwellMichelle Fisk
  • Director Leah Cherniak
  • Playwrights Martha Ross
  • Set & Costume DesignerVictoria Wallace
  • Lighting DesignerAndrea Lundy
  • Sound DesignerLyon Smith
  • Video Designer Cameron Davis
  • Stage ManagerTanya Greve
  • Apprentice Stage ManagerLaura Baxter
  • Assistant Director Jennifer Brewin
  • Production Manager Andrea Lundy
  • Head of Properties Shelley McCafferty
  • Head of Wardrobe Janine Lacoster
  • Dialect ConsultantRae Ellen Bodie
  • Media RelationsJohn Karastamatis
  • Shop Technical Director Nathaniel Kennedy
  • Head CarpenterCraig Smith
  • Scenic PainterMattea Kennedy
  • Promotional VideoCourtenay Stevens

The time is 1936, the place is Northern England, a weekend in the country house of the Ashburys. Jane Ashbury dreams of being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, from east to west. Her childhood friend, Nora Duckworth, has flight fantasies that are decidedly more eccentric… The weekend erupts into chaos, as seven characters become more and more entangled with each other; there is a failed sexual betrayal; an outrageous attempt to fly without wings; a mental breakdown prompted by memories of World War I; an ongoing plot to sabotage Jane’s plans to fly across the Atlantic; and finally, there is a seance in which many truths are revealed. Lyrical, luminous, wonderfully theatrical–And Up They Flew is a “serious comedy” about the tensions of the 20th century.

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Awards and Reviews

2009 Dora Awards – Independent Theatre Division

  • Nomination Outstanding Costume Design – Victoria Wallace

“There’s something winning about a company that walks the line between comedy and tragedy. Theatre Columbus knows how to balance on that thin edge…director Leah Cherniak and her cast know how to win the audience over with the work’s physical and verbal comedy blended with thoughts on the terrible things people can do to each other.”

– Jon Kaplan, NOW Toronto, NNN