Date 17th May 2019
Society Denbigh Phoenix Players
Director Mary Glaze



This was a great venue for this play, a small intimate theatre, and the Company confident in all script, led to a most pleasing result. The set was excellent with full use of the space available. The drawing room looked comfortable and it made one feel part of the play itself, with much attention paid to details, including appropriate props befitting an upper crust household.

The role of Lady Gertrude Synclaire was in the capable hands of Annmarie Jones as head of the household. A visit from the tight lipped Lady Astoria Featherstone regarding her contemplating changing her will, threw the household into chaos. Sally-Anne Ringer gave a powerful portrayal of Gertrude’s sister in law, Lady Astoria, whose strong views on divorce and alcohol led her to contemplate changing her will. Mike Van Der Eijk, as Lady Synclaire’s brother Walter Daniels, was well cast. He had an unusual craving for alcohol and spent the evening ducking and diving, moving bottles of whisky, and any alcohol he could lay his hands on from one hiding place to another. This, Mike manoeuvred with precision which brought many laughs from the audience. A strong performance from versatile John Owen, Gertrude’s son Timothy, recently divorced and then remarried, whose trickery led him into many difficult situations.  Rowena Owen as Ginnie Synclaire, gave a polished characterisation as Timothy’s second wife, whilst it was nearly ‘seconds out of the ring’ when Sue Downes appeared on stage as Timothy’s first wife, the flamboyant Lavinia, armed with sarcasm and innuendos. Good support from Rosie Jones as Burrows, the Maid and a great cameo role for Glyn Burrows as The Reverend Jenkins, which went down a treat.

A very experienced cast which kept the script moving throughout the piece, and the accolade received from the audience was very well deserved. Congratulations and thanks to all involved.