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April 2009
'Dumb Waiter' - Harold Pinter
'Little Box of Oblivion' - Stephen Bean

By Kate Young- Friday, April 17th, 2009
(reproduced by kind permission of
the Isle of Wight County Press)

TWO contrasting one-act plays were on offer at Trinity Theatre, Cowes, last weekend.
Not many theatre groups choose one-act plays these days, but the casts of both had clearly worked hard to bring their short, but sweet, tales to life.

First up was The Dumb Waiter, by Harold Pinter, which was directed by Wayne Child and Grant Farley.
The pair also played the two characters, with Grant in the role of the sharp-witted leader, Ben, and Wayne as his less worldly sidekick, Gus.

I am not the biggest fan of Pinter but these two slowly built up the tension as the story unfolded in the stark basement, until the audience realised just who they were and what they actually did for a living.

The second one-act play was Stephen Bean’s A Little Box of Oblivion, which soon had the audience pivoting between intrigue and general hilarity.

Stefan Gough was fantastic as Cool, the man who had gone to the park to read his newspaper in the sunshine and relax in peace and quiet.

Amber Beard was the Woman, owner of the mysterious box that sparked off many rumours because she specified it should not be opened or shaken about.

Daphne Brown gave a sterling performance as Neuro, the woman who started a security scare when she suggested the box may not just be an innocent cardboard box.
Enter then Sue Richards as Doom, who proclaimed the box was something completely different but no less lethal.
Finally there was Dinah Bowman as Dick, who had an entirely different — but equally mad — theory about the box.

By this point Cool was losing his cool with the three nutty women and the audience was in stitches at the lunacy of it all.

Seizing the box, he goes to prove them all wrong — just as Woman re-emerges and reveals the real identity of what lies in the box.

This brilliant, yet simple, comedy was directed by John Plumbly

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