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Lilian serves up a three-course comedy at Little Theatre
THE Safari Party by Tim Firth is a sure-fire hit for Knutsford Little Theatre.
Aptly described as ‘a comedy in three courses’, the action takes place in three households in Cheshire – ‘The Surrey of the North’.
First performed in 2002 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and later at the Library Theatre in Manchester, the play follows a dinner party – each component of which is served in different homes.
This course is set in the farm kitchen of Daniel and Adam.
Once again KLT uses the talents of two young actors to play the hapless brothers who seem to hide a guilty secret.
Pete Blain, no stranger to our theatre and going from strength to strength, plays Daniel, while we welcome newcomer Tom Cunningham, a very talented young man and a great find, who plays Adam.
Lol and Esther are to provide the second course – in their much- loved conservatory.
Esther is played by Viv Cunningham, an actress who is becoming well known at KLT.
Esther has very romantic notions about an ideal country life existence and has definite aspirations to be upwardly mobile away from her more humble beginnings in Runcorn.
Lol, a brash, self-made businessman is played with suitable stentorian voice by our own ‘resident’, Sean Duvall, who needs no introduction to KLT regular theatre-goers.
The role of daughter Bridget, the more street-wise member of the family, is taken by Viccie Dougall.
It’s over to Inga’s outhouse.
Desserts are the responsibility of Inga, a well-spoken and seemingly benign antique dealer, but could this lady be the downfall of the two brothers?
this is just the role for Chris Race, who, in addition to all her other functions at KLT, finds time for this part.
Three locations and three ambitious sets are quite a challenge for any theatre, but the multi-talented Sean Duvall has designed ingenious staging put together by the very practical KLT crew.
Directed by Lilian Atkinson, assisted by Sean, this play promises and delivers much.
Tim Firth’s hilarious, sometimes acerbic, take on Cheshire life includes some ‘language’, some political incorrectness, some black humour and a dining table which is as peripatetic as the diners themselves.
The play runs from Wednesday, October 31 until Saturday, November 3.
Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 and may be reserved by calling 01565 633000.