Wednesday 4 March – 7.45pm for 8pm – Chez Mary
Diana Morton-Hooper will lead us in reading
By Alan Ayckbourn
The play is set in a dilapidated Victorian three-storey country house, reputedly a former bordello and said to be haunted by a deceased prostitute. There are six characters in the play:
- Elizabeth: Former dancer, retired as a result of her marriage; now in perpetual indecision about whether to leave her husband; her effort to do so sets off much of the action in the play
- Roland: Elizabeth’s unappreciative husband; a businessman who is a major presence in the bucket industry; alcoholic
- Mark: Elizabeth’s brother, attempting to save his one-sided relationship to Kitty and fulfil his dream of opening a fishing tackle shop
- Kitty: Arm-twisted into engagement with Mark; having left him at the altar once, she has been persuaded to come back to him after her arrest for suspected solicitation; feels trapped into always being part of other people’s dreams (including Mark’s fishing tackle shop)
- Leslie: Dodgy builder, on the brink financially; desperate to sell the house (currently rented) to Roland
- Tristram: Roland’s solicitor; inarticulate and unassertive; unwittingly causes absolute havoc. For Ayckbourn, for all of Tristram’s apparent ineffectuality, his is the central role in the play
Although Mary and Barbara are still very much our guiding lights, Mary is no longer going to ring around to remind people about the meetings, and so you will now only hear about them by reading Ecco, Ecco Flash or via Facebook. However, in addition, every month Janet will be emailing a reminder to people who have attended in the past and who want to be on the Play Reading email list.
We are now asking people to register as coming along via a Doodle link: all you will have to do is click on the link, add your name to the list under ‘Table View’, click in the box and then ‘Save’ your entry. If you have any problem with this, please do not hesitate to contact Janet – or simply to ring Mary on 02 345 8583 as usual! She has a message service if she’s not there.
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Contributions of interval drinks or nibbles always welcome!