Ohio Impromptu, written in 1980, opens with a figure clad in black with long white
hair hiding his face and sitting on a white chair at a white table.
There are two characters, the Reader and the Listener. The Reader,
it emerges, is a mysterious messenger from someone now dead and
once loved by the Listener. The book the Reader reads from tells
the story of the Listener mourning right up until the last moment,
when the story is told for the last time and 'there is nothing left
to tell'. Throughout, the Listener not only listens but also regulates
his companion's reading by knocking on the table with his hand in
an attempt to ensure that this will not be the final telling of
never a word exchanged they grew to be as one.'
Sturridge has worked extensively in theatre, film and television
both as a screenwriter and director. His film work include Runners,
A Handful of Dust, Aria, Fairy Tale and A True Story.
For television he directed Soft
Target, A Foreign Field,
Gulliver's Travels, and Longitude.
For the stage he has also translated Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull.
Impromptu captures that universally human emotion of losing
the one you love the most and expresses it in its purest and most
Irons is a classically trained actor who first came to prominence
in the TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. His films include
David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers
and Barbet Schroeder's Reversal
of Fortune, for which he won an Oscar. Other film credits include
The French Lieutenant's Woman, Kafka,
Waterland and Damage.