Playwright makes surprise visit to Chesil

Little did the cast know there was a surprise visitor in the audience when they took their final bow at the opening night of the Chesil Theatre’s production of ENTERTAINING ANGELS last Saturday.

As the clapping died down it was revealed that, much to the surprise of everyone, the writer of the play, Richard Everett, was in the audience. After the show Richard willingly participated in a lively Q&A. He spoke about the characters in the play, the theology behind his thought-provoking comedy and its central themes of betrayal and forgiveness. He said of his visit “It is always gratifying to see one’s work being performed and enjoyed at such a high standard, and the set with its garden and real stream at the lovely and intimate Chesil Theatre is an absolute triumph in stage design.”

Director, Norma York said “I have thoroughly enjoyed directing this play, and to have the writer here too has been a privilege. Keeping Richard’s visit a secret from the cast has been a challenge. I did not want them to get to hear about it beforehand in case their nerves kicked in more than usual.  After the show Richard gave some very useful feedback, which will be helpful during the rest of the run. I don’t think any of us involved with the play will forget this experience for a while.”

Entertaining Angels runs until Saturday 20 October. See website for more details www.chesiltheatre.org.uk

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About Chesil Theatre

The Chesil Theatre is home to Winchester Dramatic Society, one of the best amateur theatre groups in Hampshire. It is located in a beautiful and atmospheric12th century church that has been turned into fabulous performing area. The Chesil stages sx productions a year - tragedies, comedies, well-loved classics and exciting new works. See more at www.chesiltheatre.org.
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