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Past Performance

Private Lives by Noel Coward
Autumn 2009

Produced in the Roaring Twenties, Private Lives
contains some of the funniest, wittiest dialogue ever written.
A divorced couple each acquires a new spouse,
only to find themselves on honeymoons in
adjoining hotel suites. A few minutes together and
they realize they are still in love - then the sizzle really starts!
Timeless. Priceless.

Sarah Farrar
Grant Filshall
Stevan Phipps
Jane Cole
Rachel Kellett
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Photographs from Private Lives

 

 

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REVIEW

EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES:
Privatet Lives revealed in an OpenSpace

Tuesday, 10 November, 2009
11:02 AM

Private Lives, Open Space Theatre Company at Fisher Theatre, Bungay

Open Space provide an invaluable service touring quality amateur drama around the rural areas, and their latest offering confirms their reputation as entertainers of the highest calibre.

Open Space provide an invaluable service touring quality amateur drama around the rural areas, and their latest offering confirms their reputation as entertainers of the highest calibre.

Noel Coward's vintage period piece sparkles with repartee and one-liners in the Oscar Wilde tradition with all the 1930s' wit and elegance. Many lines are deliciously acerbic, cruel and downright hilarious. The characters deliver them with panache - 'I'm glad I'm not normal,” gets the response - “What an odd thing to be glad about!”.

The unlikely premise is a once-married couple meeting accidentally on their respective honeymoons to new partners, while sharing neighbouring hotel rooms. These are people who can't live with each other, but can't live without.

The play exposes the strains of relationships, dealing with other people's pasts and sudden squalls of anger. A couple of songs, a comic dance and a side-splitting fight add to the sheer enjoyment. David Green directs with skilful expertise and really gets the very last drop of comedy from everything.

The four players (Sarah Farrar, Grant Filshill, Jane Cole and Stephen Phipps) work the spaces between the relationships flawlessly, showing exquisite comic timing, real stage presence and beautifully mannered behaviour except when they're squabbling like alley cats.

It's still on tour in the region and is thoroughly, unashamedly recommended.

 

 

"Strange how potent cheap music is."
 

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