by ALAN AYCKBOURN
16 - 20 March
What the critics say:
think this is one of Ayckbourn's best but if you have ever served
on or attended one of England's greatest traditions, a committee
meeting, then you know this story well. David Sheridan always turns in a good performance,
and the part of the chairman fitted him like a glove.
I have always admired Richard
Pilborough and his pedantic and boring little secretary was
as usual a wonderful little characterisation.
If Alan Ayckbourn had known that Marian Baldwin was going to
play the hard-of-hearing, just-ever-so-slightly-infirm Audrey
Evans he would have given the character more lines. What Marian
managed to do with what she had was a lesson to all of us.
O'Leary gave a lovely performance as the lush Adamson, his inebriation
was absolutely convincing. Had he been over the pub? As Tim-pistol-under-his-pillow
Barton - David Armour-Chelu could have been just back from Iraq.
Very frightening. Good set, lighting and film sequence. Also
- excellent programme design.
Sloman as the Thatcherite committee member, seeing Trots behind
the skirting, gave a powerful portrayal and Jean Andre (Red
Eric) was suitably provocative. Caroline Dunk (Sophie) and
Stephanie Dawson (Phillipa) were infuriatingly slavelike helpers
John Munson Show Time, The Downs Mail