by J B Priestley
21st – 28th March
Director: Mel Paszkowski
Set in 1908 this is a humorous insight into the manners and conventions of the period. A time when ‘respectability’ was a keynote to one’s standing in society. Or, as one of the characters would say, “Marriage...why is it still going strong today? Because it’s the backbone of a decent respectable life”.
Three couples celebrating their 25th. Wedding anniversary display all the smugness of people who have all too easily forgotten their humble origins having made their way in the booming industrialisation of that time. Parker speaks for many who followed a similar career path in the late 19th. century: “I’ve got on i’ business, made money, came to be a big man in chapel, vice –president o’ t’ Cricket League, on t’ hospital committee...” However they soon learn that they “have never been married at all..” Their comfortable assumptions are shattered and their hilarious efforts to conceal the truth and then to put things right form the basis of the play. It poses the intriguing idea that one could ditch one’s nearest and dearest and start with a clean sheet once again!
There is a rich array of characters giving our actors a superb opportunity to display their talents. We have a strong cast including some new faces to The Oast. Already the signs are that this will be an outstanding performance of a classic play.
Warning: There is smoking in this production