Thursday, 22 November 2007

Alan Bennett's The Old Country

Mr Gnome likes few things more than an evening at the theatre. His most recent outing has been to see Alan Bennett's intriguing play The Old Country.

Performed by the gutsy players of the Kineton Amateur Dramatic Society, the play went down a storm with the first-night audience in the cosy village hall of this lively Warwickshire community.

Three cheers for the KADS for picking a piece that's very definitely not standard am-dram fare.

And extra hurrahs for director Alison Hunt and the six-strong cast for presenting this very 'nuanced' play with subtlety, energy and a splendid mixture of melancholy and robust humour.

Plot summary? Er, Mr Gnome feels it's better not to give too many details. Enough to say that espionage plays a part - but this is Bennett, not Bond., so no fights or chases. But quite a few surprises as elegant surfaces crumble to reveal murkier truths beneath....

Finally: tip-top front-of-house team, offering a cheery welcome, informative programme and splendid refreshments.

What's not to like?

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