Honour | 29th June – 4th July 2015

HonourHonour, by Joanna Murray-Smith. Directed by John Oakenfull

George and Honor have been happily married for 32 years. She is a successful writer, he is a revered columnist.  They have a perfect understanding of each other. Well, that is until a young female journalist assigned to “profile” George seeks to undermine that understanding.

The fallout leads to some dramatic consequences.

 

Cast:
Honor                                                     Jan Greenhough
George                                                    Ian Evans
Claudia                                                   Becca Carr
Sophie                                                    Christabel Wickert

Backstage:
Lighting Design                                    Andrew Herbert
Sound Designer                                    Ian James
Stage Manager                                      Sandie Campbell
ASM & props                                         Janet Clark
Prompt                                                   Beryl Neal, Nina James
Make-up/hair                                        Penny Vetterlein
Costumes                                               The cast
Show programming                             Jon Lewis
Technical operator James Quinn

House Manager                                    John Heather
Refreshments                                       Heather London
Raffle                                                      Sandie Campbell, Janet Clark
Box Office                                              Margaret Uzzell
Poster/programme design                 Graham Copeland
Programme                                           John Guttridge

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Some of the cast in rehearsal:

Honour in rehearsal

Honour in rehearsal

 

 

 

 

 

HONOUR – reviewed by Peter Steptoe:

This play must be o.k., I thought, as it had received several awards but my heart sank when I found it was to be played in traverse with only two chairs as props. I am addicted to the well made play and not good with acres of chat. The plot was hardly original, it was about a late middle aged man falling for a thirty year old predatory woman, leaving his wife, much to her annoyance and also to that of their daughter. All this was to go on for nearly two hours on a hot summer’s evening would require endurance.

And yet, somehow I got hooked, despite the obligatory swear words which always gets a few nervous laughs; perhaps there was a germ of truth lurking in the verbiage; perhaps the tedium of much speech was relieved by the eighteen scene changes, including one where the two chairs were reduced to one.

Despite all this, I became engrossed with the goings on and ceased to observe the audience sitting opposite. The acting was excellent, reactions splendid, facial expressions conveying the right emotions. The star, and what a great part it was, the wronged wife Honor, beautifully played by Jan Greenhough. I wanted to shake George for being so stupid as to leave her, so Ian Evans must have been playing him correctly, but he had a sort of whinging voice that I didn’t think we journalists had. Claudia, the predatory woman was brutally played by young Becca Carr and made me feel helpless in not being able to warn George of his folly. Christabel Wickert had the difficult task of playing the only child and her anger in the scene with Claudia was entirely natural. The subsequent one where she became uncertain was I think a fault of the writing rather than the acting.

Director John Oakenfull handled his actors well and the moves seemed natural to both the dialogue and the emotions displayed. I particularly liked the lighting fades and increase on the actors when communing with themselves.

I do feel that in some instances the costumes were unsuitable. Honor is described in the play script as an elegant woman of sixty and not until the last scene at the university Graduation did she look elegant. Claudia’s tight fitting dress and costumes were not the best means of showing her credentials. George’s attire seemed entirely orthodox and Sophie was the usual scruffy student.

Peter Steptoe

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