For 4 nights only from the 31st May until the 3rd June, we will be presenting two short one-act plays in celebration of our 60th Anniversary – “Black Comedy” and “Who Calls?”
Written by Peter Shaffer | Directed by Keith Hartley
Hereward Cruttwell Reade, Lizzy Todd, Janet Sweet, Roy Moore, Mark Higgins, Alex Parker & Andrew Spence
Lovesick and desperate, sculptor Brindlsey Miller has embellished his apartment with furniture and objects d’arte “borrowed” from the absent antique collector next door hoping to impress his fiancee’s pompous father and a wealthy art dealer, Schuppanzigh. The fussy neighbour, Harold Gorringe returns just as a blown fuse plunges the apartment into darkness and Brindsley is revealed, teetering on the verge of very ripe farce. Unexpected guests, aging spinsters, errant phone cords and other snares impede his frantic attempts to return the purloined items before light is restored.
Written by David Campton | Directed by Janet Denne
Juliette Harrison, Clare Sweetapple, Sue McGeehan, Rose Bayley, Katie Melani & Jackie Hartley
In the kitchen of a large Victorian house, four servants sit solemnly in the evening gloom. Upstairs, a midwife attends to the laying-out of their mistress, who has died suddenly, sitting in front of a mirror, adorned with all her jewellery. Mrs Abernethy, the housekeeper, and Lane, the Mistress’s personal maid, are supposed to have listed and locked away all this jewellery, but when Twilley, the maid of all work, finds a diamond ring on the floor, Cook realises that they have appropriated some of the jewellery for themselves and demands a share. Reluctantly, they agree, but then the bell in the Mistress’s room rings. The servants stare at the line of bells in disbelief and mountain apprehension – the midwife has gone, her duty done, and all the servants are in the kitchen – so who calls?
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