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

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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.

The ho­tel, run by the bustling Mrs Oakes (Sue Dor­man) re­ceives an un­ex­pected visit from a fa­mous, if fad­ing, mati­nee idol, e oon arent ad a ding with the of one of pi­lots. er lemma, hould he stay should was with y and

Sam Aspinall.

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.

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