A Cricket Match (tour - Stevenage, Gordon Craig Theatre)
Miles is the businessman chair of the board of governors. He's dithering about whether or not to support Toby, who is an old school friend, as well as whether he prefers Celia to his rackety wife Rowena. Rowena herself is a free spirit, quite content to let the men get on with it – whatever that might be. Then there's the school groundsman, a man who can wreck a cricket-pitch faster than a spin bowler. And Celia's mother also drops by.
As with nearly every
other Ayckbourn play, the comedy is wrapped around some shrewd
analysis of male-female relationships, especially within wedlock.
Both Jenny Funnell and Stephen Beckett are seasoned Ayckbourn
actors and know precisely how to balance the mixture of wince and
laughs. Patric Kearns directs with a light touch, giving his
players room to build their gallery of characters. The World Awake
set transforms easily between the three locations and offers the
semi-realism which the play demands.