The seats were arranged in a semi circle and in the centre stood a lone table, no chair, just a table placed a foot away from the wall and covered with a cloth. Near the edge there was an orange mug, a mobile phone and a letter. To one side a light turquoise rug had been placed on the floor and a brightly covered shopping bag leant against the wall.
And that was it, apart from 40 people sat in the seats!
It was the stage for a play performed in our local village hall by the Library Theatre Touring Company. A play written by Geraldine Aron and performed by Deborah Kelly as Angela.
It is the story of Angela Lipsky whose husband Max has a mid life crisis and leaves her to live with Rosa, a Mexican woman with big hair and little English, and her search for a new life and happiness. She tells of bizarre dates, suicidal tendencies at Christmas, her disapproving catholic Irish mother, shifty divorce lawyers and dodgy counsellors. And then she meets Dr Steadman on a Wild West singles weekend in deepest Wales…..
Laugh – it was hilarious, and the description of her visit (in shawl and dark glasses) to the sex shop really caused a stir and made the tears roll. Hugely empathic, devastatingly honest with a mixture of comedy and pathos it was also thoroughly enjoyable. And the large glass of wine in the interval certainly added to the occasion.
What a great evening out and a brilliant divorce!