A NEW MOURN­ING

Midland Reporter - - WorkPlace -

MAIDA Vale res­i­dent San­dra Sando will soon dis­cover how a se­cret life at a fu­neral causes tem­pers and ashes to fly.

It’s all part of Se­rial Pro­duc­tions’ lat­est show Wife Af­ter Death, writ­ten by Eric Chap­pell and di­rected by Rob Warner.

Set at the fu­neral of suc­cess­ful tele­vi­sion co­me­dian Dave Thursby, his friends and fam­ily soon dis­cover they know less about him than they imag­ined.

A se­ries of rev­e­la­tions un­cover some home truths while ev­ery­one tries to keep up ap­pear­ances for the sake of his widow, and then an un­ex­pected and un­ex­plained mourner ar­rives.

Play­wright Eric Chap­pell is an English com­edy writer, who wrote sev­eral of the UK’s big­gest sit­com hits in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, in­clud­ing The Squir­rels, Ris­ing Damp and Only When I Laugh.

Sando plays Kay, the un­known ar­rival.

“No one knows who she is and she has the gall to ask to ‘take a peep’ at the corpse,” she said.

“She’s about to set a cat among the pi­geons and en­joys do­ing just that.”

Act­ing for al­most 30 years, Sando has per­formed ex­ten­sively with KADS The­atre and ap­peared with Gar­rick and Mar­loo the­atres.

She was named best ac­tress at the South West Drama Fes­ti­val and Dra­mafest for her role in Holly and Ivy, a show she also ap­peared in at the 2015 Ed­in­burgh Fringe.

“With Wife Af­ter Death, I was in­vited by Se­rial Pro­duc­tions to join the cast,” Sando said.

“On read­ing the very funny script, I loved the piv­otal part my char­ac­ter has in the play; it seems she has the up­per hand.”

Wife Af­ter Death plays 8pm Au­gust 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Septem­ber 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 with 2pm mati­nees Au­gust 27 and Septem­ber 3 at the Old Mill The­atre, South Perth, book at www. trybooking.com/QMCH.

Wife Af­ter Death fea­tures Anna Head, Rod­ney van Gronin­gen, Su­san Meikle, Jac­qui Warner, An­drew Govey and Maida Vale res­i­dent San­dra Sando.

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