REVIEW: Bowled over by Outside Edge at the Quay
Outside Edge, Quay
Those of us with long memories may recall the popular TV series inspired by this play in the late seventies, and remember that any knowledge of the unfathomable rules of cricket is not compulsory in order to enjoy this comedy.
The director Mark Scanlon wisely decides to keep the period setting, and makes full use of his stage; his lively cast occupy the pavilion and grass verges and do their best to conjure up a hot sunny day.
The set design and painting is a pleasure. Too often the décor can look like a Dulux advertisement, but this pavilion has seen better days.
The damp has got in, and the walls are flaking- it really does look lived-in and neglected.
The playwright Richard Harris has given us a comedy of characters reminiscent of Alan Ayckbourn, who are caught up in comic situations of their own making.
Not one person at this village cricket match would you want sharing your pavilion tea, as the game is about the only thing binding this motley crew together.
Each character has an Achilles’ heel, and there are a few twists and turns, before all is revealed if not resolved, before rain stops play.
The cast act as a team, each member has built up their character and business on stage to excellent production values.
First night nerves may have contributed to a rather slow pace at times, as cues and entrances could have been a little snappier, which will soon improve during the run.
The director will be justly proud of a performance which provide a very pleasant evening for audiences at the end of a summer’s day.
Outside Edge is on each night until Saturday, May 14 from 7.45pm. For tickets call 01787 374745.