April in Paris

Eye Theatre

The popularity of playwright John Godber, and welcome return of Richard Mainwaring ensured a near full house for the first night.

Godber can be likened to Alan Ayckbourn in his uncanny perception of human nature and this comedy was no exception.

A rough Yorkshireman who is having to come to terms with redundancy, Al is scornful of his wife's obsession with entering magazine competitions. To his surprise, Bet wins a romantic weekend for two in Paris.

A choppy ferry crossing, attempts at coping with the language, French meals and "hole in the ground" loos make for hilarious entertainment.

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A two-hander such as this calls for split second timing, swiftly flowing dialogue and the utmost concentration from the actors. All of these were accomplished under the tight direction of Tom Scott.

Mainwaring was magnificent throughout, showing the many facets of his complex character. He was well matched by Liesl Wickins as Bet who yearns for romance in her life and is often embarrassed by the brashness of her husband.

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April in Paris ends on August 7.

Janet Chambers

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