Fine performances in moving war-time show
Beth Parker reviews Flare Path, performed by the Beaconsfield Theatre Group from November 12-15 at the Beacon Centre, Holtspur
BEACONSFIELD Theat production of Terence Flare Path transported t into war time Britain at Beacon Centre.
The foyer was decorated with a Union flag, bunting and WW2 posters, music from the Forties played in the background and the front of house staff wor military uniform.
This snapshot of the a Wellington bomber c and their wives in a sm hotel near the air base was played out against a set that had been constructed with care and much detail, down to the key rack and brass coal scuttle.
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We also meet Doris (Louise Mappley) who gave a beautifully understated performance as the wife of a Polish Count. When she believes he has been killed, she asks the film star to translate his final letter and this gentle, emotional scene brought the tissues out – in profusion.
The Count himself (Laurence Parker) delivered his broken English in an accent that was convincing and never overdone.
Another high point was the breakdown of the apparently courageous ‘good egg’ Flight Lieutenant (Richard Roach) ; again well-judged and moving.
Special mention to technician, Danielle Jones, who treated us to a spine-chilling display of sound and lights as the bombers took off and a plane was shot down in flames.
Director, Andrew Rogers and his team should be justly proud of this memorable performance.