A play based on the true story of a woman refugee and her three children, called The Bundle will be staged for free at Friend’s Meeting House in Saffron Walden after Quakers from the town saw it in Birmingham and were so moved they wanted more people to see it.
There are two chances to see Strictly dancers, Kristina Rhianoff and Tristan MacManus. They are at The Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford on October 19 and Braintree Arts Centre on October 20, in An Evening with Kristina and Tristan.
It was always assumed that this beautifully written play was inspired by the life of the cellist Jacqueline du Pre who was struck down by multiple sclerosis and lost all that was dear to her. But in the programme for this latest, masterful production at Cambridge Arts Theatre, writer Tom Kempinski says it is actually a metaphor for his own life.
Seeing a family tear each other apart shouldn’t be this funny. This play is fast paced and glorious. The plot of Rules for Living by Sam Holcroft sounds like a cliché: a family gets together at Christmas and start eating each other instead of the dinner. Not a new idea but it is when cooked up like this. I loved every minute of it. It’s cleverly written, it’s supremely funny, the set is charming and the performances are superb.
Frederick Knott’s thriller Wait Until Dark, first staged in 1966, is a piece of theatrical history. Whether it should be taken off the shelf, have the dust blown off it and staged again 50 years later is another question.