Powerful finale to season
AND so it was that, as quickly as it had begun, the curtain came down on the annual Ian Dickens Productions season of summer shows at the Grand Theatre.
And it was down to returning repertory actor Peter Amory to wrap things up with a powerful, character-driven finale to the 2013 season. With a strong performance far removed from his infamous role as Emmerdale bad bay Chris Tate, his character, bogged down with secrets from the past, cast a forlorn shadow over proceedings.
Accompanied by a robust and well assembled cast of actors, including a wonderful performance from Nicola Bryant as wronged wife Alice, the drama relied on acting ability and the interaction between the quintet, rather than the shock and murder of some other rep shows.
The story itself focuses on two married pairs of ex-lovers who, along with a mysterious stranger, reluctantly reunite after twenty years for a somewhat ill-fated dinner date.
Packed with twists and revelations, the party set about digging up some buried history, and hurl a few skeletons out of their closets along the way, as their past comes back to haunt them.
At times funny, at times moving, the overall effect is a gradual, slow-starting play that kicks into high gear as the truths comes to light.
A fine end to a fine season.