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NOW ON: Relatively Speaking, Ilminster Warehouse
12:42pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in What's On
ALAN Ayckbourn’s first ever West End smash from the sixties is getting the Warehouse Theatre treatment this week with a run of performances from its Ilminster-based amateur acting quad.
Relatively Speaking, a beautifully crafted comic tale of crossed wires, was the first of what would become Ayckbourn’s 77-wide play back catalogue which saw him transformed from outsider to household name in the eyes of theatre luminaries.
But with Felicity Kendal and Kara Tointon having just taken on the play in the West End, heavy-hitting leasing agent Samuel French had informed amateur groups they wouldn’t be able to take on the “wonderfully funny, charmingly English” play – that is, until the playwright’s agent stepped in on Warehouse’s behalf to exclusively grant it a licence.
Ticket sales are panning out nicely for the Ilminster shows, says Dave Goodall, a Warehouse director and one of the performers in Relatively Speaking, along with Chris Williamson, Silvey Webber, and Maggy Goodall. The cast, he says, were feeling “very buoyant” ahead of the performances.
“It’s very well written,” he says. “The comedy’s very real and good fun, and even though this play was first performed in 1965, the language isn’t dated at all. We’ve left it in that time.”
Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, performed by D & M Productions, shows nightly at Ilminster Warehouse until Saturday September 21, at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £8.50, £7.50 for concessions, and £7 for students from Lanes Garden Shop on Silver Street, Ilminster, or by calling 07943-779880.