Absurd Person Singular
|Date||13th November 2015|
|Society||Alton Operatic & Dramatic Society|
|Venue||Alton Assembly Rooms|
|Type of Production||Play|
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.