The Bursledon Players presented a lively and entertaining production of Peter Schaffer’s Black Comedy. The action takes place in the flat of a young artist during one evening as his careful plans to impress a millionaire collector and his future father-in-law begin to unravel after the lights in the house go out. With its array of eccentric characters and the clever conceit of illuminating the stage as the cast grope around in the supposed blackout, the play cannot fail to amuse. In well choreographed sequences, Dave Bunyan (the artist Brindsley Miller) displayed his gift for physical comedy. Katrina Humphreys brought a kittenish playfulness to the role of his ex-girlfriend Clea. Excellent use was made of the stage and props and in a play where light and darkness are of such essence, the lighting was exemplary.
The Daily Echo, Tuesday, May 9, 2006
|Brindsley Miller||Dave Bunyan|
|Carol Melkett||Catherine Mercer|
|Miss Furnival||Rosemarie Parker|
|Colonel Melkett||Simon Goodison|
|Harold Gorringe||Peter Savage|
A comedy based on an apparently simple idea: to overturn the concept of lighting. When the stage is lit, the actors cannot see; they behave as if they were in the dark. Actions take precedence over words. Complications, misunderstandings, hands that touch what they shouldn’t touch...
|Production team||Gill James
|Lighting and sound||Peter Taylor|
|Set construction||The Players|