PLAY THE THIRD.
A slightly more conventional set; curtain walls, but practicable windows and doors, tables, chairs and a pot plant (which later gave Tricia Ridgway an opportunity to show a surprising expertise). A young couple Jo and Stephen , (Trish Ridgway and Alex Knibbs) are preparing for a small dinner party for two married couples, one of which have just separated. The wife of this couple has recently acquired a boy friend (remarkably lacking in couth), and he has been invited in place of her husband. Unfortunately, Stephen does not know this, and having met the husband in the street has confirmed that he is expected too. The efforts of Jo and Stephen to keep husband and estranged wife apart form the basis of this almost hysterically funny play, as lies, evasions and increasingly panic stricken contrivances spiral madly into near hysteria.
Tricia and Alex performed near miracles at changing characters at the drop of an eyelid. Their pace, timing and stamina were astonishing, and the audience loved them.
I must not forget to mention the off stage team who produced the right sounds and lights at the right times (not as easy as you might think), and of course the Directors, Anna and Frances Sladen, who achieved such an outstanding evening.
Let old Bill have, roughly, the last word
And citizens of Hempstead, now abed
shall think themselves accursed they were not there,
And hold their shamefaced peace whiles any speaks
Who laughed with us upon St. Michaelís play.
Take my advice- DONíT MISS THE NEXT ONE!