An award winning love story with a difference
Set in Cornwall in the mid-1930s, the play tells of two ageing spinster sisters, Ursula and Janet Widdington. Their lives are turned upside down when they discover a young man washed ashore on the beach, close to death. They nurse him back to health and discover he is a talented Polish violinist, on his way to seek a career in the USA. Despite her sister?s concerns, Ursula falls in love with Andrea. It leads to a journey of discovery for her and a poignant ending.
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***** FIVE STAR Review by Julia Taylor for Sale and Altrincham Messenger page 29 *****
Ladies are sounding great!
LADIES in Lavender, is, thanks to a new Garrick sound system, awash with echoes of the sea. It also enhances Nigel Hess’s original film music. The first play of the season, is Shaun McKenna’s stage adaptation of the 2004 film.
Set in Cornwall before the Second World War, it’s about two single sisters set in their ways in their seaside cottage. Things change when Andrea (Chris Wagstaff) a Polish violinist is washed up on their beach. 20-year-old Chris captures the sensitivity of his character and genuine affection for the sisters who rescue him. His presence provokes rivalry between the siblings. Ursula and Janet Wittington. Margaret Leslie and Mags Johnston show how the years roll away with the young man’s presence. Mag’s Janet, is the obvious leader of the two whilst Margaret’s Ursula is comparatively naive. The sisters convey undercurrents of emotion in subtle ways which makes their performance exceptional. Then Olga, a Russian appears. Played by Fiona Primrose, her accent is near perfect and she, too, casts her spell. The local doctor (John Keen) fancies her. Ruth Metcalf’s Dorcus, the housekeeper adds colour and humour. Her straight talking contrasts well with the others.
Barry Purvis, the director and designer, encourages the essential interaction between characters and devises a three tier set with jetty which will long be remembered.
Ladies in Lavender is at the Garrick Playhouse until Saturday. For tickets, call 0161.928.1677 Option 1 or online. Star rating *****
***** FIVE STAR Review by Rick Bowen for Stagestruck *****
Photographs by Vish Sharma
Janet Widdington MAGS JOHNSTON
Ursula Widdington MARGARET LESLIE
Dr Henry Mead JOHN KEEN
Andrea Marowski CHRIS WAGSTAFF
Dorcas RUTH METCALFE
Olga Danilof FIONA PRIMROSE
With BEN HANLEY
Directed and designed by BARRY JC PURVES with music by Nigel Hess.
This amateur production of ?Ladies in Lavender? is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.