Knebworth Players next presentation is ‘Day Of
Reckoning’, a bittersweet comedy by Pam Valentine.
The summer fete committee of a typical British village
meets on a cold January night to discuss arrangements for that year’s
fete. As committee protocol gives way to bickering and gossip, we begin
to see the personalities of those present – and a real mixed bag they
are! There’s Ethel, who knows everything about everyone and makes sure
she shares the gossip; Pauline, the vicar’s long-suffering wife; Gloria,
exhausted and unfulfilled by caring for her elderly mother; horsey
Marjorie who is very attentive to the shy new teacher, Angela; elderly
Mavis who chooses when to play deaf and Sally, the brisk army wife. In
the midst of them all is the vicar, around whom much innuendo abounds
and who enjoys more than his fair share of the communion wine! Thus the
scene is set for much bantering, gossip and misunderstanding as they
plan the forthcoming summer fete.
But it is in Act II, during and after the fete, that
the secrets and hidden agendas of the ‘ordinary’ people unravel. Much
has happened to everyone six months on, and not all of it predictable!
The cathartic events of the fete are played out with humour and pathos,
and the upbeat ending affirms the enduring value of village life.
This bittersweet comedy features a strong Knebworth
Players cast and is directed by Clive George.
Performances are from 7th – 9th February, at 8pm in
Knebworth Village Hall, Tickets available by calling the box office on
01438 224113 or from Village News. Tickets £6, concessions £5* (*not
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