Absurd Person Singular

Date 13th November 2015
Society Alton Operatic & Dramatic Society
Venue Alton Assembly Rooms
Type of Production Play
Director Chris Lang


Author: Mrs Betty Haslam

Chris Lang directed the fortunes of three dysfunctional couples over a three year Christmas period involving an annual festive drinks party .The first party was in the kitchen of Sydney and Jane Hopcroft,  Sydney (Chris Lang) was very convincing as he took control of the situation. Jane (Jane Samways) his wife very well cast in the role of  the nervous long suffering housewife, happy to be cleaning her new kitchen rather than being hostess to her friends. Ronald (Andrew Smith), the old school banker, and husband of the second couple, takes great pride in his work  al though he is not very good at it made the most of the role. Marion Brewster Wright  (Kate Youll) made excellent use of her acting and comedy timing as the flamboyant alcoholic wife with a love G&Ts. The third couple were Geoffrey (Graham Cooper) and Eva Jackson (Eleanor Bradbury).A struggling architect Graham  was highly amusing making the most of the role of the serial womaniser at the peak of his sexual powers, which were about to take a turn for the worse. His wife Eva, the silent sufferer who was addicted to anti depressants, in  Act 2 her unsuccessful attempted suicides , trying to jump out of the window, putting her head in the oven and then finally trying to hang herself from  the light fitting were hilarious .The whole play was well cast and directed to gain the most fun and frolics was a credit to all the actors.  The party games in the final scene were a fitting climax to an exceptional evening.

Stage Manager Robert Hudd and his many back stage crew, scenic artists Peter Crow and Lucy Towns, did a splendid job creating the three kitchens which worked  very well

Well done Alton for a very amusing and entertaining show.