Flare Path

Date 24th March 2022
Society Lindley Players Ltd
Venue Whitstable Playhouse
Type of Production Play
Director Francesca Monk

Report

Author: Gordon Harris

Terrance Rattigan wrote Flare Path while serving as a gunner with the RAF during the Second World War. Set in a hotel near an airbase during the Second World War, this story of love and loyalty follows a group of airmen and their wives over the course of a day. Patricia, who finds herself at the centre of a love triangle, torn between her husband Lieutenant Teddy Graham and her old flame, famous film star Peter Kyle.

I felt as I walked into the theatre, I was walking into my grandma’s front room, although this was a hotel. Set Designer Sam Wall along with Lighting Designer Roger Davis and his crew also props Wendy Snelgrove and Janet Baker made this set very believable, along with Nick Farrow’s excellent sound plot, a very workable set as always at the Playhouse.

How do I review a cast that were directed to a high standard by Francesca Monk? Francesca, you gave us a splendidly directed Flare Path  giving us all a feeling of being in that hotel. Your cast performed to a very high, professional level indeed. 

Lucie Nash, Jacqui Leppert, Tim Cox, Tala Memmott, Christy Hinchcliffe, Dan Coles, Natalie French, Vicky Wilsher, Glyn Rogers, John Dennis, your characterisations were so good, and along with your superb costumes (by Theresa Rowlstone and Hilary Newman), made you all come to life and very convincing in your roles. Special praise must go out to Nick Farrow for standing in the part of Peter Kyle at the last minute and acting and reading from the script (was he? I wouldn’t have known) so good Nick well done. 

This is another play by the Lindley players, that makes my visits to them a joy, thank you for inviting me and the NODA president, to be part of it. A stupendous Performance…well done.