Players’ bittersweet comedy

Life and Beth  by Haven Players SUS-140324-084230001
Life and Beth by Haven Players SUS-140324-084230001

The Haven Players are busy rehearsing their next production, Alan Ayckbourn’s bittersweet comedy Life and Beth. Life for Beth, recently widowed, is changing.

For 33 years she lived in the shadow of her late husband, Gordon.

Now that he is gone, and although Beth genuinely mourned his passing, she has begun to realise she is not only able, but quite happy, to cope by herself.

It is Christmas time and Beth’s sister-in-law Connie and Beth’s son Martin, accompanied by his silent girlfriend Ella, have descended on her, determined to make this festive season stress-free.

Unfortunately the reverse happens. Beth’s beloved cat, Wagstaff, is missing, Connie over-indulges in the “Christmas spirit”, Ella would clearly be anywhere but here and the local vicar, while offering a prayer to comfort Beth, unwittingly summons the ghost of her late husband.

Gordon has abandoned his task of implementing “health and safety” measures in the afterlife and has returned to manage Beth’s affairs.

But she no longer needs him and finds the courage to tell him that she is capable of managing her own life.

This hilarious and touching play stars Carol Reed, Mark Gurney, Rhodri Corner, Susan Beck, Chris Matthews and Steffi Huxley.

Life and Beth is being performed at Stone Cross Memorial Hall from Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26, performances 7.30pm.

Tickets are £9 for adults, £6 children and students, and are available from www.havenplayers.comor by on 01323 460174.