Entertaining Angels

March 2024

FRIDAY 22 MARCH SOLD OUT Following on from the success of Loot in November, the next dramatic offering from Estuary Players is Entertaining Angels by Richard Everett. Clare Philbrock is Director, and she chose Entertaining Angels so as to give the opportunity for female performers to take centre stage this time.
The play tells the story of Grace who is coming to terms with the death of her vicar husband, Bardolph (Bardy). Having served the parish at her husband's side, undertaking the supportive tasks expected of her, she is about to make the move from The Rectory and needs to find her way in the world again as well as experimenting with her newly found freedom. She is visited by her eccentric older sister Ruth and her daughter Jo, both of whom have their own burdens. Ruth has a particular revelation which will cause Grace to question the foundation of her marriage. They are joined by Sarah, the new vicar who has secrets and doubts of her own. Throughout, in Grace's mind, Bardy remains a presence, and she converses with him as she tries to make sense of things. Will either of them find peace at last?
This is a humorous script with plenty of drama, as the living characters explore their inner selves and then eventually find a way to carry on with their respective lives. The play premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2006, with Penelope Keith in the central role of Grace.
Entertaining Angels is being performed at Matthews Hall from 19-22 March 2024.


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