Friday, 12 November 2010
Absurdly singular persons on stage
"I know that tartan skirt" I thought, on seeing the Salterton Drama Club's webpage about their next production at http://www.saltertondrama.co.uk/current.htm And sure enough, the name of Jenny Roberts on the cast list of Alan Ayckbourn's play Absurd Person Singular was familiar, as was that of her co-star Simon Blissett.
Not long after moving to the area I'd met this pair of what I imagined to be typical Budleigh Salterton eccentrics ready to make fools of themselves by raising money for charity on Comic Relief Day as described at http://exmouthroadies.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-saw-some-funny-things-today-on-my-way.html
Since then I've realised that both are simply regular Drama Club members who enjoy making audiences laugh, whether on Budleigh Salterton High Street or in their Salterton Playhouse hidden down an alleyway off Station Road.
The three-act Ayckbourn comedy which made its London début in 1972 was last staged by the Salterton Drama Club ten years ago. This year's production, directed by Wendy Gomm, includes Mary Logan, Richard Gomm, David Holt and Dianne Nicholls as well as Jenny Roberts and Simon Blissett. They play three married couples whose changing fortunes we observe at a Christmas celebration in one of the couples' homes on successive Christmas Eves.
Absurd Person Singular is being staged at the Salterton Playhouse, starting with a matinée performance on Saturday 20 November at 2.30 pm and then running at 7.30 pm from Monday November 22 to Saturday November 27. Tickets at £7 are available at the Budleigh Salterton Tourist Information Centre, Fore Street. Telephone 01395 445275