Written by Kate Mosse
Directed for Actonians by Sue Anstey


Syrinx was commissioned by Sandi Toksvig as part of a series to show theatre live on television. The play gets its name from a haunting piece of flute music, Syrinx, by Debussy.
It is set in a Headteacher’s Office on the evening of Marion’s last Annual Prizegiving Ceremony; as she has opted for early retirement. Her two old schoolfriends, Susan and Julie, have come, but following the tragic death of Julie’s daughter, Sarah, there has been a seemingly irrevocable rift in their friendship. Marion has plans to make Susan and Julie heal the rift and as the reason for Julie’s daughter’s death becomes clear, the women explore their guilt and grief and decide whether they can forgive and once more be friends. Throughout the play we hear Sarah’s voice and we find out why Syrinx is such a significant piece of music.


Marion Di Pardoe
Sarah Bertie Woodward
Susan Sarah Godsell
Julie Sarah McMahon
Stage Manager Mark Whitehouse
Lighting Mike Schofield
Sound Peter Carlin