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REVIEW: Quartet - Botesdale Village Hall

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‘Quartet’, by Ronald Harwood, is a comedy about the past and present lives of four elderly opera singers living in a home for retired musicians.

Cissie, Reggie and Wilf, played by Lynn Wilson, Chris Mordey and Keith Chapman, are forced to come to terms with their past by diva Jean Horton (Paddy Richards).

I am in awe of actors who are able not only to memorise the script of a play with just four parts but also to draw such well defined characterisations. So I am happy to forgive subtle prompts during the first night of this excellent production by Warts at the Botesdale Village Hall.

It was directed with a sure hand by Carys Allen who resisted the temptation to insert moves for characters well past their prime. There is gentle humour consistently through the production with the issue of breakfast marmalade nicely handled.

If I was ultra-critical, it would be with the timing before the curtains opened and that the pace dropped in the last act. However, this in no way marred an excellent, well-acted production and a most enjoyable evening.


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