Alan Ayckbourn’s RolePlay opener, a lengthy conversation between protagonist Justin and fiancée Julie-Ann about the weather and dessert forks, was difficult to become gripped by.
Horndean Amateur Dramatic Society’s interpretation initially lacked oomph, with opportunities for comic effect going by almost unnoticed. The dreary interlude between the couple set the scene for a seemingly average dinner party, just destined for something to go wrong. But as the first half rolled on, I wondered why we should care about these characters and their monotonous existence.
As the first half rolled on, I wondered why we should care about these characters and their monotonous existence
However, this gave the next two hours of chaos all the more impact as the play took a u-turn.
The introduction of colourful and charismatic performances from drunk mother Arabella, tart with a heart Paige and fussy father Derek really brought the play alive.
The cast worked well together, with great chemistry, making the most of a simplistic but effective set.
The play’s funny and unexpected close left me wanting to know just what would become of these characters.