Feb 6, 2019
Category: News
Posted by: Keith Nuttall


'ALLO ALLO' directed by Jennie Scott-Reid , to be performed on Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June, at Clavering Village Hall

Clavering Players Website

Life x 3 (Reza)

Henri and Sonia are putting their son to bed when an unexpected knock at the   door throws them into disarray. Hubert and Ines have arrived for dinner, a day   earlier than expected... As the evening degenerates, Yasmina Reza blends cruel   observations with high comedy in an hilarious and poignant examination of our   most personal intimacies and private longings.


The Cast.

Sonia - Charlotte Foster

Henri - Ian Miller

Ines - Sue Clatworthy

Hubert - Peter Simmons

Arnaud - George and Issy Root

Director - Gordon Cummings


A review by Alasdair Gold

'Three is the Magic Number '

With a storm raging outside, the atmosphere at Clavering Players' Life x 3 at  the village hall was hardly any calmer. The production of Yasmina Reza's insight into three  versions of one awful night was expertly delivered by the cast of four. Their  performances perfectly captured the array of society's little foibles and  idiosyncrasies that the writer has so wittily observed.               The three versions  showed how one disastrous evening could claim different victims, depending on  how each character reacted to bad news or insufferable company.                  The couples, Henri  and Sonia, played by Ian Miller and Charlotte Foster, and Hubert and Ines  played by Peter Simmons and Sue Clatworthy, were all displayed from different  angles and, although they slipped into caricatures at times, were delightfully distasteful.  Ian Miller probably had the most fun role to get his teeth into as Henri, who  was, in turn, pathetic, then angry and lastly cool, calm and collected  after receiving bad news from gloating Hubert.  As a side note, Sue  Clatworthy put in an alarmingly realistic portrayal of a drunken wife in  the second night. Let's hope it was only apple juice in those wine bottles. Peter Simmons was a  suitably sleezy and pompous Hubert, while Charlotte Foster switched effortlessly  from irritated wife to seemingly supportive, yet unfaithful spouse.                A final irony that I  am sure Reza would have appreciated is that no matter how witty or insightful  an amateur play can be or even if the watching audience realise that its  them being represented on the stage, they'll always find swearing delightfully  funny. Like guaffawing at grown men getting smacked in the nether regions, one  of life's little foibles, methinks.