Hay Fever, University Drama Studio
If you like Blandings, Poirot and Downton Abbey, then Midland Players say they have a treat for you with their production of Noel Coward’s classic comedy of bad manners.
Set in an English country house in the 1920s, the play follows retired actress Judith Bliss plus three eccentric members of her family and their outlandish behaviour when, unknown to each other, they each invite a guest to spend a romantic weekend.
Judith, contemplating a swift return to the stage, has invited her young admirer Sandy Tyrell, who believes he is in for a romantic tryst with a beautiful widow.
Judith’s husband David (very much alive) is working on the last chapter of his novel The Sinful Woman and has invited the sweet, but not very bright, ingénue Jackie Coryton to keep him company, and perhaps provide fertile ground for research.
Not to be outdone, brother and sister Simon and Sorel have each invited an older lover, Myra Arundel and Richard Greatham. Each is anticipating having the house, and their lover, to themselves.
Instead, all four guests are forced into close quarters with the four members of the family, each one more eccentric than the last.
Parlour games turn to rancour; romantic alliances split and reform and, as Saturday evening climaxes into a clamour of melodrama, each of the invited guests begins to rue ever accepting an invitation from the inimitable Blisses.
The show runs nightly from tonight to Saturday with curtain up at 7.30pm. For tickets, call 07928 276383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org