Kindly Leave the Stage

RICHARD PARR Watlington Village Hall


> Watlington Village Hall

Confused ... you could be. Audiences watching this comedy could be forgiven for losing the plot in this play within a play.

But the talented eight-strong Watlington Players cast in Les Bragg's production managed on Thursday, with good effect, to bring off the “switch” from the drama on stage to “real life” on stage. Charles is married to Madge, Rupert is married to Sarah and Mrs Cullen is married to Edward.

But in real life, Rupert is married to Madge, who is having an affair with fellow actor Charles, and Sarah says she is in love with Rupert - got it?

You have to follow the action closely, otherwise you could find yourself losing the plot which is littered with funny one-liners and a few four-letter words.

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Allan Lord is well cast as Rupert, ranting and raving at his wife over her affair. Adding to the comic capers is David Wagg, as Charles, delivering his lines from inside a trunk. Veteran actress Elaine Johnson is wonderful as Mrs Cullen and we are treated to excerpts from King Lear by seasoned actor David Senton as Edward. The role of Madge is a finely-drawn character portrayal by Helen Fradley as is Jenny Lewis in the role of Sarah.