Review: A bittersweet opening night

Review

Intimate Exchanges (Events on a Hotel Terrace)
Sheringham Little Theatre
Friday, July 21

Sheringham Little Theatre’s summer season began with with Intimate Exchanges (Events on a Hotel Terrace), a play by Alan Ayckbourn.
Intimate Exchanges is a series of plays – all starting from the same scene of whether or not a woman should have a cigarette.
From this starting point the play progresses in different directions and Events on a Hotel Terrace plays out the lives of the two main characters, Toby Teesdale (Tim Welton) and his wife Celia (Lynn Whitehead).
In this bittersweet comedy – more often bitter than sweet, with some very funny moments – they argue and fight but never come together in a marriage which seems to have lost all meaning for them.
Toby is a world-weary jaded headmaster of a private school; his wife is the downtrodden receiver of his bitterness and the butt of his cruel humour.
There are two other characters – Lionel and his one-time girlfriend, Sylvie, who helps Celia in the home. All four characters are played by Tim Welton and Lynn Whitehead, actors with flair and empathy.
The play is fast moving and kept the full capacity audience sometimes on the edge of their seats; sometimes laughing aloud; and at times saddened by the way the lives on stage seemed to be heading.
It was a fantastic performance and a wonderful opening to the summer season which looks full of promise of more to come.

Kevin and Sandra Stone

 

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