Four plays worth the ticket
From black comedy to melodrama, via a little bit of comedy, Hawera Repertory’s latest production Three OneAct Plays + a little more certainly has something to suit all tastes.
The intimate setting of Repertory House is suited to all four short plays, which are all a delight to watch.
The black comedy of Strawberry Jam makes a great start to the entertainment programme, with Deborah Clough and Cathy Ogden well cast as the sisters who come up with a desperate plan to avoid paying death duties.
Deborah’s determined Mary Titheridge finds a perfect foil in the dim-witted and emotional Hester, played by Cathy.
The sisters are terrified by the arrival of Dr Celia Varley, played by Samantha Turner, who does an excellent job of building the suspense as the sisters face being caught out.
While all actors are great and suited to their roles, it is Cherol Filbee’s Mrs Sanctuary, the vicar’s wife, who is the star of the show for me. From her first bossy entrance she epitomises the several English vicars wives I came across growing up in South West England! As she reveals herself to also be the coroner, who could determine the sisters’ fate with just one discovery, the audience hold
Cherol Filbee and Carole Hosie in Retail Therapy.