17/9/18 - 22/9/18
by Richard Everett
“A very English dramatic comedy filled with healthy irreverence, probing wit and tremendous emotion”.
Directed by Hayley Moy
17th – 22nd September 2018
‘I’ve poured two hundred thousand cups of tea, made four thousand six hundred medium-sized quiches and personally baked two tons of light crust pastry. And for what?’
As a clergy wife Grace has spent a lifetime on her best behaviour. Now, after the death of her beloved husband Bardolph she is enjoying the new-found freedom to do and say exactly as she pleases. In the depths of her grief, she talks to her dead husband “Bardy” (much to the alarm of their daughter Jo, a psychotherapist) who appears in his beloved garden mostly via the potting shed. As Grace is grieving for her dear departed husband, Sarah, the new incumbent vicar arrives to view the vicarage. The prospect of losing her home as well as the man she loved causes Grace to reflect on her life and marriage and to question whether the sacrifices she made in order to support her husbands’ work have been worth it. The return of Grace’s earthy missionary sister Ruth from Africa (to support her younger sister in her time of need) leads to the disturbing revelation that Ruth and Bardy had a brief liaison which produced a son who is now 30 years old. When Grace learns that her husband died without ever confessing the guilty secret she descends into the depths of vulnerability and grief.
Meanwhile, Sarah the new vicar, unexpectedly reveals her own personal traumas to Grace’s daughter Jo. Jo is going through (marital) problems of her own and becomes exasperated and upset by her mother’s bitterness and increasingly strange behaviour as she mourns her father. As the relationship between her mother and aunt descends into bitterness and animosity Jo becomes a calm and convincing intermediary, attempting to navigate a way through their deteriorating relationship whilst coming to terms with her own grief and personal life
Through it all ‘Bardy’ appears at various times to counsel his bereaved wife and help her come to terms with his past indiscretion. As the play progresses we learn of Grace’s frustrations with the man she loved and the path he had chosen, but, as further secrets are revealed, ultimately the strength of the love they shared.
Directed by Hayley Moy