Swan Theatre Main Stage (1995)
A play by Richard Harris about a cricket team trying to win a game of cricket whilst sorting out their various marital problems.
Worcester Evening News Review – 5th May 1995 – “Outside Edge” – Richard Harris – Swan Theatre, WorcesterHaven’t we heard that accent before?
Producer Ray Archer says he has not seen the TV spin-off series based on Richard Harris’ original play, “Outside Edge”. Some of his cast surely have, to judge from the accents assumed by some of the St John’s Players in their production at the Swan Theatre this week.
This does not detract at all from Julie Sadler’s performance as Miriam, a doormat-housewife who occasionally bares her teeth. As she beavers away in the cricket pavilion throughout the play, her characterisation is spot on.
Only a woman with the deposition of a Miriam could stay married to the insufferable Roger, cricket captain with attitude, vigorously played by Martin Felton.
Similarly, it takes a Maggie to appreciate the wimpish Kevin (Goff Humphries) and Christine King fits the bill, with just the right amount of warmth and wit.
Plaudits also for Peter Thorpe, who is consistently good as Dennis, the would-be lady-killer and for Sarah Napper, making her debut with the Players, who makes the most of her brief appearance as Sharon.
The play gathers pace after a slow start for a light-hearted evening’s entertainment.