Time-travelling Ayckbourn play delivers



Cheriton Players

Cheriton Village Hall, Cheriton

Friday, April 20, 2018

After a tentative start, the cast were soon going at full-throttle, making sense of Ayckbourn’s mind-boggling, time-bending plot, where three women, from different eras, come together to thwart evil and defy the predictions of time.

In the feminist script Ayckbourn emphasises the strength, wit and compassion of the female cast – the original “girl-power”. Fiona Mackay (Poopay) plays the role, full of the teenage vulnerabilities that have led to her dubious career as a dominatrix, in contrast to sensible, stoical Helena Gomm (Ruella), the backbone of the trio. Last and certainly not least, as their performances were a total delight, were Isobel Wolf and Rebecca Leadley (Jessica). The chaps – David Cradduck and Charlie Hellard (Reece) and Tim Conway (Julian) are commensurate baddies and Sam Griffiths (Harold) is solid as the hapless concierge.

The set was cleverly constructed (with revolving doors, the very latest in time-travel) so that all the action was visible on the small stage and subtle lighting changes defined the eras.

The energetic entertainment meant that 40 years passed in a shot!

Rebecca Case

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Poets, performers and songwriters – showcase your work in Petersfield

Write Angle poetry and music cabaret returns on April 17 to The Townhouse in Petersfield, with guest performer Cam Brown.

Cam Brown

Founder of Write Angle, Leah Cohen, said: “Cam’s first time with Write Angle was so successful, we had to ask him back – it’s his third time! He’s guaranteed to give you an evening of fun.

“Cam’s an accomplished musician who plays a mean guitar and harmonica, sings non-stop, and involves the audience – you can’t help liking the guy or laughing at the lyrics!

“Since age 16, when he sang at the ‘Epsom Folk Club’ (Paul Simon topped the bill that night), and heard the traditional comic, non-PC folk song genre along with the more contemporary music of Jake Thackray, George Melly, Paddy Roberts etc, that’s become the core of his repertoire.

“For 50 years, he’s continued strumming at pubs and folk singers’ clubs, as well as currently running a successful open mic night at The Chelsea Arts Club, London.

“His extensive repertoire of witty and funny songs is organised into themes, including social attitudes, drink, love, relationships, and more. He also includes traditional ballads and poems picked up in those early folk club days; then embellishing, rewriting and setting them to his own tunes, Cam is a very talented guitar player who loves entertaining, and it shows. He’ll have you beating your seats – if you can keep up with him – and singing along. He’s an irresistable charmer!

“As well as his amazing ability to hit the strings with fingers flying at the speed of light, he sings in a blues band called SCRAM, as well as forming an Americana trio, Blazing Saddlers, performing three-part harmony material from the fifties and sixties (think Lonnie Donegan meets the Everly Brothers), and having just completed two very successful evenings at the Claygate Music Festival, he produced iis first CD, titled Cam Brown Sings vol 1′ in 2013.”

Write Angle is at The Townhouse, High Street, Petersfield on Tuesday, April 17. Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. There will also be an open mic spot for anyone to read, play or perform their work to a supportive audience. Admission costs £6. See www.petersfieldwriteangle.co.uk to find out more.