by Stephen Lee Rees
‘Late’ is a contemporary psychological thriller set in the heart of the home – the kitchen, during the dark period of social renovation where change is inevitable but not always for the best. Phone calls fill the grubby little kitchen as Jenny waits anxiously for her husband, Josh, to return home from work.
Frustration builds as the evening draws in as uninvited guests ‘drop by’ to disturb her train of thoughts; insulting her where possible, demanding advice for their own problems, rummaging through her cupboards and asking the same question: Where is Josh?
Firstly there’s Madge, barging in with her wellington boots with the order of a dozen eggs and her unrequited attentions directed at the fishmonger employee at Morrison’s with whom she is trying to bag a date: Dilly – Josh’s bitterly emotional mother, determined to prevent him from attending her ex-husband’s wedding to the home-wrecking “tart” he left her for and finally there’s Matt; Jenny’s brother, who is restlessly bored and unsure of his own future. Having had enough of his partner Graeme, he has decided to leave his unsatisfactory relationship in the hopes of moving in with his sister.
“A clever reveal half way through the first act proved that this was no average mystery play.” Dan Webber reviewed the play for Downstage Centre. You can read the full review by clicking on the link: here.
“This was a first-rate production on all counts. The cast were all terrific, the set and props were splendid and together made the most of this cleverly, scripted play.” Joyce Handbury reviewed the play for NODA. You can read the full review by clicking on the link: here.
Alex Wrampling as Jenny
Marie Stone as Madge
Ann Taylor as Dilly
Andrew Barlow as Matt (2014 Production)
Stephen Lee Rees as Matt (2015 Production)
Richard Buxton as Josh
(Poster for the 2014 and 2015 Productions)