Show has right mix of ex­pe­ri­ence, tal­ent

Cambridge Edition - - YOUR HEALTH -

It was heart­en­ing to see an al­most full house at the open­ing night of Time of my Life, the first pro­duc­tion for 2017 at the Gaslight Theatre.

Writ­ten by pro­lific English play­wright Alan Ay­ch­bourn who has over 80 plays to his credit, this pro­duc­tion was directed by Steve Grounds an ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tor and di­rec­tor.

Steve had to meld a cast that ranged from rel­a­tive new­com­ers to the vastly ex­pe­ri­enced, many of whom were strangers to the Gaslight and Cam­bridge au­di­ences.

The set­ting for the en­tire play was a lo­cal restau­rant that has been the favourite of the Strat­ton fam­ily for many years.


Play: Time of my Life. Directed by: Steve Grounds. Where: Gaslight Theatre, Cam­bridge. Re­viewed by: Nancy Davies. When: March 22-April 1. Web­site for times and tick­ets:

The ac­tors did a cred­i­ble por­trayal of the char­ac­ters.

There was Laura ‘‘don’t re­mind me I am 54’’ birth­day girl who was never short of an opin­ion; Gerry her down to earth hus­band; Adam the ‘‘not 24 un­til Oc­to­ber’’ younger son who is a dis­ap­point­ment to his par­ents for his lack of ma­tu­rity, ca­reer di­rec­tion and his taste in un­suit­able girl­friends, Mau­reen be­ing the lat­est.

Then there was Glyn the favoured el­der son who is in busi­ness with his fa­ther and Adam’s wife Stephanie who is cov­er­ing up for their crum­bling mar­riage.

Later when it all gets too much for her she does the best bout of cry­ing I have ever seen on stage.

There are sev­eral sub-scenes that give us an in­sight to events lead­ing up this evening and even events which will take place in the fu­ture.

By pop­u­lar ap­plause the win­ning en­ve­lope must go to Arno Min­nema, a skilled per­former on both tele­vi­sion and the stage played Calv­inu and Tuto and Aggi and Dinka. And Bengie.

His per­fect tim­ing and out­stand­ing change of char­ac­ter kept the play to­gether.

The en­ve­lope for best new­comer goes to Matt Sil­vester who played the part of Glyn so well.

He took his char­ac­ter from a con­fi­dent suited busi­ness­man to one in a checked shirt, bro­ken mar­riage and a busi­ness in tat­ters.

Matt’s stage fu­ture is as­sured.

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