REP SEASON IS HERE!
Posted by Kalli Pasqualucci on 08 Nov 2018
Waiting for God, based on the BBC TV sitcom of the same name and adapted for the stage by writer Michael Aitkens, who was in attendance on the opening night, is currently playing at the Leatherhead Theatre as a part of the Leatherhead Rep Season.
A funny, witty, cynical view of life in a retirement home. The story is about a couple of older aged people living at the Bayview Retirement home, near Bournemouth. Diana Trent, a retired photojournalist desperate to hang onto her youth and independence, strikes up an unlikely friendship with her new neighbour Tom Ballard, a retired accountant and widower with some very strange habits.
When Tom stands up to Harvey Bains and Jane Edwards, who manage the home, he instantly wins steely Diana over and their camaraderie develops. The two take on the staff at the home, live out their days causing trouble – the fun kind, undertake some exciting (and hilarious) adventures, and ‘tolerate’ visits from Diana’s niece Sarah and Tom’s son Geoffrey, as a team.
Dee and I were invited to attend the opening night performance of the Rep Season on Tuesday and it was a whirlwind of emotions – from Diana and Tom’s inappropriate quips, to dealing with old age and the sometime sad and difficult times that accompany it, to real feel good moments and everything in between.
The cast were excellent in their portrayals of the characters and their situations; and kept me eager to know what was about to happen next. I especially loved Claire Dyson’s Diana; and the banter and chemistry between her and Edmund Dehn’s Tom was palpable. There was an exceptional familial connection between Diana and her niece Sarah, played by Hannah Brackstone-Brown. Jane (Emma Mulkern) and Harvey (Samuel Lane) were cringe-worthy and perfectly played to portray the awkwardness of their relationship, you couldn’t help feel sorry and embarrassed for Geoffrey played by William Hazell, and Keith Hill’s portrayal of the confused vicar was hilarious.
I was in stitches, was shocked, cringed and got very teary towards the end. A great show and night out!
The Rep Season is on until the 24th November at the Leatherhead Theatre; so there is still time to watch all three productions:
- Waiting for God is being performed until Saturday, 10th November.
- The Railway Children will be performed from the 13th November to the 17th November.
- Season’s Greetings is from the 20th to the 24th November.
Please support our local theatre and the Rep Company, who have brought fantastic professional theatre back to Leatherhead, after a 30 year hiatus.
More details and ticket information can be found here.
Main Photo Credit: Mark Turner @MarkMakesPhotos