It’s marital bliss

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When We Are Married - Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

JB Priestley’s 1938 marital comedy is an ideal choice for any amateur company with a strong team of character actors available.

Director Di Prutton’s production for the Anonymous Players hits all the right notes.

A splendid period set and costumes help to set the parochial atmosphere of Edwardian Yorkshire as the silver wedding celebration of three local worthies goes awry when they discover they have not been legally married.

Alf Betts, Bob Gemmell and Roger Prutton flesh out their contrasting characters, complemented, equally skilfully, by their partners, Liz Antcliffe, Kathy Gemmell and Gillian Gregson. Bernadette Scully’s gossipy maid Ruby, Lesley Jarvis as forthright char Mrs. Northrop, David Chalk the gawky reporter, Jeff Redfern’s masterpiece as the steadily squiffier press photographer Henry and Ann Dawson’s knowing barmaid Lottie all contribute hugely to the comedy side of the plot. Holly Sagar, Tim Edmundson and Chris Slack add good support It’s a bit of a happy-families-after-all ending as Priestley suddenly steers away from the tensions of 25 years which have boiled over into some very harsh words. However this does not significantly detract from an enjoyable performance of a carefully constructed play, performed by a notably well-chosen cast.

It continues until Saturday at 7.30pm.