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Wife After Death

Date

28th October 2017

Society

Preston Drama Club

Venue

Preston Playhouse

Type of Production

Play

Director

Marylin Brandwood Spencer

Report

Author: Eddie Regan

Preston Drama Club had chosen a play by the prolific playwright Eric Chappell for their October Production.

Marilyn-Brandwood- Spencer used all her considerable experience in Designing and Directing this play, bringing out the best from her six talented cast members. 

The play opened to reveal an attractive sitting room with luxurious furnishings and a coffin situated upstage .

It was the day of “ National Treasure” and well -known comedian Dave Thursby’s funeral. The whole plot centred around the friends and family left behind after his untimely death.

This was a very funny, well written script , which would cause no offence, despite some of the content.

Marilyn must have been so pleased to work with such a strong cast, which meant there were no weak links and all the characters were totally believable.

Peter Howarth as Harvey Barrett played the pivotal role with the bulk of the dialogue. He commanded the stage at all times with good timing and very good facial expressions and body language and the relationship between him and wife Vi, played so well by Theresa Pollard was a highlight of the evening for me. 

Projection and diction by all were first class and the very funny physical scene with the contents of the urn had the audience in stitches.

There was great attention to detail with costumes, and accessories and the set dressing was excellent, something we have come to expect when Marilyn is involved.

 Any Production can be judged by audience reaction and the response this evening meant that this was another great success for this very talented Company.

I look forward to my next visit.