The Season So Far 2021-2022

Skylight

The Long-awaited return to normality at the Harborough Theatre arrived in style with the staging of Skylight by David Hare. This play had been postponed due to last year’s lockdown and had been waiting in the wings.  And it was worth the wait wrote Gordon Birch in the Harborough Mail.

The raw emotions of Tom (Joff Brown), Kyra (Kate Waterfield) , with whom he had an affair, and his son Edward (Alex Laurenti) are laid bare in the guilt-ridden aftermath of Tom’s wife’s death.  

The wordy but naturalistic script was delivered so expertly by all three, that it was like eavesdropping on a real-life situation.  Kate Waterfield and Joff Brown were perfect as the ill-fated lovers.  It was impossible not to be caught up in their emotional turmoil.  They were that convincing.  And one simply felt sorry for the comparatively innocent Edward thanks to Alex Laurenti’s impressive debut.  An excellent play superbly directed by Liz Clarke

Fools by Neil Simon

Final Resolution

Billed as a comic farce, the script of Fools had more than a hint of panto and, at times, la leaning towards Spike Milligan’s super silliness. The bizarre characters provided a field day for the 10-strong cast. The Linchpin of whom was Nick Turrell , as dotty Dr Zubritsky, whose energy effervesced throughout.

David Martin as Leon Tolchinsky, played the latest in a long line of teachers whose aim was to educate the doctor’s daughter Sophia, played beautifully by Rebecca Matthews. Sophia was pursued by both her teacher and the cunning Count Gregor, over-acted wonderfully by Tim Hands in a cross between the villain in a Victorian melodrama and a pantomime baddie. An the audience responded with obligatory hisses and boos.

Studio production of Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan

Sarah Parker in rehearsal with Stage Manager, Linda Waddilove

Sarah Parker performed this one person interactive monologue played brilliantly. Although the play is about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love, it has many lighter moments, and there were plenty of laughter from the audiences, who seemed very impressed with the play.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt by Jeffrey Archer

Alice Watts was an air-headed postie, David Booker as a daft shepherd, Andrew Maltman as a bonkers butcher, Barbara Lloyd as a mad merchant, Anna Buckley as the doctor’s wife and Tony Ruscoe as the magistrate, contributed equally to this peculiar, yet enjoyable production. (Edited from and article by Gordon Birch)

The Trial
The True Relationship of the Defendant with his wife

Visitors to this production were given a taste of jury duty via the Jeffrey Archer Play, which dealt with a leading barrister’s alleged murder of his terminally ill wife and all the evidence was addressed to the audience as to a jury. Sir David Metcalfe, the barrister in question, was played in a beautifully measured manner by Mark Aspland. He was locked in a legal battle with his old rival, Anthony Blair-Booth QC, portrayed crisply and assertively by Mark Wood. The tension between the two was palpable. The general formality of the courtroom was relieved by the appearance of Mrs Rogers, the Metcalfes’ housekeeper, played beautifully by Nicky Mawer. Mrs Rogers claimed she had heard her employers quarreling and saw Sir David give his wife fatal medication, both of which he denied.

The second act took us back to the fateful night at the Metcalfes’ house where we saw what actually happened and how ideas of truth can vary. Teresa Quigly gave a totally credible and sensitive interpretation of Lady Metcalfe and Tony Price was charmingly eccentric as family friend, Lionel Hamilton.