Last night I had the privilege of attending the Theatre Royal Brighton‘s opening night of Relatively Speaking, where it stays until Saturday 10th September 2016. It’s an old play by the Laurence Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn who’s writing credits include Absurd Person Singular, How the Other Half Loves, Bedroom Farce & Confusions.
Relatively Speaking stars Robert Powell whose most notable work includes the title role in Jesus of Nazareth (1977), David Briggs in the comedy sitcom The Detectives and Staff Nurse Mark Williams in BBC Ones long running medical drama Holby City. It also stars Liza Goddard whose breakthrough role was as April Winter Merroney in The Brothers (1972–76) and whose TV credits include Doctor Who and Bergerac!
The opening scene introduces Greg (Antony Eden) and Ginny (Lindsey Campbell) a couple who have been dating a mere 1 month and living together in London. Greg is head over heels in love with Ginny but does she feel the same way? Within 5 minutes the audience were laughing due to Eden’s “waking up” scene which consisted of him wrapping a bed sheet around his waist imitating a baby nappy and turning into a sumo wrestler! I knew as soon as that happened I was going to enjoy the show, and thank god it didn’t disappoint!
Ginny tells Greg that she is off to visit her parents for the weekend, and without thinking Greg decides in a moment of madness to follow her! He finds an address scribbled onto the back of cigarette packet and sets off to the Buckinghamshire countryside but wait. . . . is this definitely Ginny’s parents’ home? Of course it’s not! Watch how the confusion unfolds as Greg arrives at the home of Philip and Sheila much to their surprise!
The set was absolutely fantastic and no expense was spared with the quality and detail, it was originally set in Greg and Ginny’s London flat, before turning into Philip and Sheila’s Buckinghamshire country house garden where the story came to life!
I cannot fault the production what so ever! It was utterly hilarious and side-splitting at times! The relationship between on stage husband and wife Philip (Powell) and Sheila (Goddard) was marvellous! You could see a real connection and they totally looked like an old married couple!
The stand out performance for me had to be Antony Eden as Greg, at times he reminded me of Rik Mayall who is literally my HERO! Eden was absolutely hilarious and his timing and expressions were comical! I love how 4 cast members can keep you so entertained, the audience were literally laughing the whole time and everyone I spoke to said how much fun it was!
If you love old school comedy and innuendos left right and centre then this production is for you!
Relatively Speaking is at Brighton’s Theatre Royal until Saturday 10th September, evening shows at 7.45pm with matinee performances on Thursday 8th September & Saturday 10th September at 2.30pm.