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ALISON CROOSE West Acre Summer Theatre

ALISON CROOSE

West Acre Summer Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn's boating black comedy launched the summer season at West Acre in the company's innate professional style.

The combination of strong and well-observed characterisation and an impressively realistic set made for splendid entertainment.

Two couples set sail on a holiday cruiser - but as soon as they step aboard it is clear it will not be plain-sailing with four contrasting personalities afloat in cramped and somewhat basic conditions.

Before they have even cast off, the appearance of the manipulative and intrusive Vince (David Connor) puts further strain on the relationships between the two couples.

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With self-appointed skipper Keith (Robert Dale) unable to leave his work behind, his wife June (Vanessa Dupont) vociferously bemoaning the absence of creature comforts, and their friends Alistair (Clive Hadfield) and Emma (Karen Bates) thrust reluctantly into an unfamiliar world of fore and aft, they are awash with boating bedlam.