Ruskin Players Theatre
The Church's Ruskin Players are unique in South London in that all plays are performed "in-the-round". This means that we do not use a conventional stage. Rather, the floor of our Ruskin Hall is the stage, and the audience sit on the sides, looking across to the actors on the same level. We regularly present comedy, drama and musical entertainment in the round. The Ruskin Players are affiliated to Carshalton Methodist Church.
Our Autumn Production was
Wife after Death
written by Eric Chappell (author of Rising Damp) and directed by Steve Jordan assisted by Michael Breeden
14th, 15th and 16th November 2013
Ruskin Players Secretary
Sue Rider email: email@example.com
More about Wife after Death:
"... a terrific evening of love and laughter" ~ The British Theatre Guide
Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects. There's Harvey, who wrote Dave's material; Vi, Harvey's wife; Kevin, Dave's agent, and Kevin's wife Jane. Dave's glamorous widow Laura has arranged a funeral to remember, complete with a horse-drawn hearse and an attendant dog. An unfamiliar woman in flamboyant mourning clothes turns out to be Kay, Dave's ex-wife from before he was famous, and a series of revelations end with Kevin throwing a drink into the coffin and all the guests asking themselves if they ever knew the "real" Dave.
Act II opens three weeks later for the disposal of Dave's ashes. The atmosphere is tense and Kevin is wearing a controversial tie. As more truths are revealed, even from beyond the crematorium, Dave seems to be having the last laugh.
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