RATS are ‘entertaining angels’

Susan Cronshaw ( left )and Anne Lang ( right ) of RATS in their roles as the "loving " sisters Ruth and Grace in Richard everett's 'Entertaining Angels'
Susan Cronshaw ( left )and Anne Lang ( right ) of RATS in their roles as the "loving " sisters Ruth and Grace in Richard everett's 'Entertaining Angels'

RIBCHESTER Amateur Theatrical Society will take to the stage with Richard Everett’s ‘Entertaining Angels’ for their Spring production.

A razor-sharp comedy, the play is set in the deceptive quiet of a quintessential English garden.

Originally performed at the Chichester Festival in 2006 and again at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2009, the production was a vehicle for Penelope Keith, who took the lead role of recently bereaved clergy wife Grace.

It is longtime RATS performer Anne Lang, who will take on the part of Grace, who is enjoying new-found freedoms following the death of her husband Bardolph.

Set in the lovely garden of an apparently idyllic English country vicarage, the play flatters to deceive.

The return of Grace’s sister, Ruth, a missionary (Susan Cronshaw) from Uganda to help out as she faces the future, soon reveals all is not what it seems, leading to some disturbing revelations, which force Grace to confront the truth of her marriage.

Grace’s daughter, Jo, a psychotherapist, portrayed by Rebecca Parkinson, finds herself having to keep the peace.

The dead Vicar, played by another familiar Rats face, Dave Procter, also makes an appearance.

Producer Robin Simmons says the plot holds twists and turns roaplenty but promises laughs as well.

As you might expect from a Penelope Keith sort of role, there is plenty of choice bitching and put-downs from Anne Lang’s character but the other girls can give as good as they get too

Strong feelings surface very soon in this very entertaining piece and as Al Read used to say “There was enough said at our Edie’s funeral.”

Audiences are advised to bring their hankies for tears and laughter in equal measure. A very well written piece, “Entertaining Angels” observes human nature red in tooth and claw.

Performances showing at Ribchester Village Hall on Thursday Friday and Saturday March 15, 16, and 17. Tickets available from 01254878530. Bar available.