The cast of hilarious Alan Ayckbourn favourite Table Manner rehearsed in the Devonshire Park Theatre halls prior to an extended Eastbourne run which opens Thursday and is on until Saturday, September 13.
Ready to entertain at dinner are Anna Brecon (Emmerdale) as successful and vain businesswoman Ruth, Marcus Hutton (Brookside) playing Reg who seems to constantly live in his own imagination, Natasha Gray (Emmerdale) plays Sarah, wound so tightly you just know she is going to pop and David Callister (The Bill) is in his farce element as Norman whose quest is to make all women happy!
Tom is played by Ben Roddy and Annie by Jo Castleton who both return to the Devonshire Park having recently appeared in the haunting The Widow.
Sarah and Reg (Annie’s older brother) arrive to give Annie the chance to escape for the weekend for a long-needed rest.
Fireworks begin almost immediately when Annie tells Sarah she is going away with her sister’s husband, Norman.
That pretty much sets the tone for the evening; an extended family whose members simultaneously despise and yet can’t get enough of each other.
Central to these relationships is assistant librarian Norman, who needs desperately to be needed - by anyone. It’s almost hard to blame him once you meet his wife, Ruth, a career-obsessed woman with little apparent need for him.
And then there is Tom, the veterinarian neighbour whom all assume is courting Annie (including, to some degree, Tom and Annie, even though the two haven’t ever declared it or acted on it).
Nightly performances 7.45pm, Tuesday to Saturday, and Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.