Blithe Spirit

Date 13th February 2020
Society Ecclesall Theatre Company
Venue Ecclesall Parish Hall - Sheffield
Type of Production Play

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Author: Sue Cox

Blithe Spirit is one of the best known plays by Noel Coward.  The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

Charles Condomine, who rarely left the stage was played with confidence, style and ease by Graham Miller.   Sarah Rose played the demanding role of Ruth Condomine wonderfully.

Valeria Mills was superb as Madame Arcati, her chararactisation, mannerisms were first-class.

Sian Butler Walsh was perfect as the temperamental Elvira. Sian’s chararactisation was spot-on.

Gerald Brown and Meg Crook were impeccable as Dr. Bradman and Mrs. Bradman.   

Jane Shawyer was also very good as the not so bright maid Edith. Jane’s comedy timing was just right.

Of course, every role in this timeless comedy is so beautifully written that everyone gets a chance to shine, and every member of the cast certainly did so.   Good performances from all the cast.

This was a well-directed production, the set and special effects were excellent, with objects flying off the walls certainly gave the audience a surprise at the close of the play.

Congratulations to everyone involved in making this a very, very good performance of Blithe Spirit.

Thank you for the invite to a most enjoyable evening.