James Saunders was a master of the short play and these two very different plays show him at the height of his powers.

Bye Bye Blues is the first play that James Saunders wrote for the Orange Tree. It is about three couples whose secure lifestyles and sense of liberty and freedom are threatened by a minor car accident. "It is quite simply a stunner" said the Evening Standard of our 1973 premiere.

Directed by Sam Walters

Double Double was first performed in 1995 to complement our production of Saunders's final play Retreat. It is set in a bus garage where five actors play ten parts as drivers and conductors grapple with timetables and a lost bus.

Directed by Peter Forbes

The double bill is performed by members of the Journey to London company.


26 - 28 Jan7.45pm
26 Jan2.30 (with discussion)
20 Jan - 1 Feb7.45pm
4 Feb4.00pm