Outside Edge: Mission Theatre, Bath
Mission Theatre, Bath
Another ensemble piece by prolific playwright Richard Harris, whose very successful Stepping Out was on recently at Salisbury Playhouse.
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Written in 1979 there are shades of Ayckbourn in this tale of an amateur cricket team and their problems on and off the pitch.
Seen from the pavilion, captain Roger (Danny Williams) is having problems getting a team up to play a British Railways Maintenance Division side. Those were the days when there was British Railways.
Two players, Dennis and Bob, are having trouble with wives, while another, star bowler Kevin, is fighting off over amorous wife, Maggie (Angela Watson). He also blisters his spin finger and when his practical wife puts elastoplast on he worries that it'll be seen as an unlawful aid. "This plaster is the metabolic steroid on my achilles heel," he complains.
Bob's wife, Ginnie (svelte Hayley Fenton), turns up in a bikini and carrying a sunbed, almost oblivious of her missing (gone to the pub) husband or the game. Asked if she has any children she replies, "Yes, just one. He's 52."
After the interval action speeds up as the game progresses off stage as we see the players watching from the pavilion whilst the marital problems increase.
Well played by the ensemble this somewhat dated piece had enough humour to carry it and was well appreciated by a packed house on the first night.