Another Alan Ayckbourn play taken on by the LEP, directed and produced very well by Eve Berry
The action of the play centres on the lives of two sisters: Abigail and Dorcas. Abigail is struggling with an unsatisfactory marriage to an upwardly mobile businessman: Patrick, whilst Dorcas is involved with a less than inspiring boyfriend: Stafford. Into the sisters' lives comes bronzed, athletic Simon who appears the epitome of each sister's innermost desire. A tussle between the two sisters as to which one of them can 'win' Simon provides moments of hilarious Ayckbourn comedy, whilst the more serious implications of modern relationships are not overlooked.
Dr Ralph Matthews - Clive Lumbers
Len Coker - Andrew MacTavish
Rita Coker - Sheila Keatinge
Abigail Smythe - Tish Marshall
Patrick Smythe - Charles Jackson
Dorcas Matthews - Kath Gill
Melvyn Matthews - Nigel Bacon
Brenda Grimshaw - Karen Yarrow
Simon Grimshaw - Paul Brown
Stafford Wilkins - Dave Bowden
Murphy - Frank Brooks
Major Lidgett - Peter Philip
Bucks Free Press Review (reviewer unknown)
Eve Berry deserves praise for directing the Lane End Players most accomplished performance of Alan Ayckbourn's play 'Sisterly Feelings' a study in the complex relationships of two sisters and their entanglements with men. The sisters Abigail Smythe (Tish Marshall) and Dorcas Matthews (Kath Gill) compete with evanescent success for the attentions of the philandering Simon Grimshaw (Paul Brown).
The play ends on a note of reconciliation with the sisters restored to their original domestic arrangements. Kath Gill gave an outstanding performance of her particularly demanding part. It was a pleasure to be granted a fleeting vision of a fleet-footed councillor (former Chairman) Peter Philp as Major Lidgett crossing the stage in the course of a race against PC Murphy and Simon Grimshaw.
*spelling mistakes of cast/character names have been amended from the original review
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