Four plays worth the ticket

Stratford Press - - News - By ILONA HANNE

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.

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