Union Theatre Southwark
As always, Ayckbourn’s characters are distinct and extreme with gentle fun being poked at different groups and the audience’s mood lurching from laughter to pathos.
The set cleverly and effectively created the garden of an Old Rectory and much of the action takes place off stage; always tricky but extremely well done here.
The Union Theatre is a sweet homely venue, made under the railway arches and also hosts a cafe.
A bizarre telephone booking system, where you leave a message and they only phone you back if there’s a problem, is an indication of the small team running the theatre with creative flair.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the area and I will be looking out for the Union’s programme next year.