"A deeply felt, richly funny study of pervasive power of the past"
The story centres around three sisters; Teresa, Mary and Catherine, who come together before their mother's funeral. The play focuses more on how each sister deals with the death and how it directly affects them. The three each have different memories of the same events which inevitably causes them to bicker about whose memories are true. As the three women interact after years of separation, many of their hidden lies and self-betrayals reach the surface. Memory is the main theme in this play. The sisters' memories - recalled as they are in all their inaccuracies, almost interact with each other, and show that despite synchronicities of time and place the people involved in the incidents of the past cannot agree on the facts of a unified experience. This is echoed in Vi's words, which portrays Alzheimer's disease as being adrift among a series of islands of your own identity.
Mary - Pia Obank
Vi - Tish Marshall
Teresa - Lou Jackson
Catherine - Phillipa Lee
Mike - Nick Wyse
Frank - Nigel Bacon
"Coming up trumps"
(Bucks Free Press review by Rita Carpenter)
This choice by the Lane End Players was a thought provoking comedy which also had some moments of poignancy. Competently directed and produced by Kath Gill, it was an excellent choice which suited the cast perfectly. It is the story of three sisters facing the death of their mother coming to terms with their own past and how this related to each of them. Mary, the clever sister, played by Pia Obank with Nick Wyse playing the role of her married lover. Lou Jackson made a commendable Teresa, ably supported by Nigel Bacon her rather browbeaten husband. Phillipa Lee gave a strong performance as the feisty and very mixed up Catherine and Tish Marshall as Vi the mother, not an easy role to portray but she carried it off well.
The very funny and cleverly written play contained some bad language but it was presented in such a way what it did not give offence. The set was interesting and well constructed and the lighting extremely effective, especially with the illusion of running water. Once again, Lane End Players have com up trumps.
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