"Spirit Level" by Pam Valentine (10-13 Oct 2018)
Where do you go if you are dead but have been turned away from the Pearly Gates because you are an atheist? For Jack and Susie the choice is their weekend retreat in deepest Hampshire, where Jack, a successful author, wrote many of his novels. But the afterlife can be pretty dull if you can’t eat, sleep, make love etc, and they bicker as much as they probably did before they died in a boating accident.
Their only fun is frightening away any new occupants and winding up the pompous estate agent responsible for trying to let the cottage without revealing why previous tenants have tended to leave in a hurry. But then Flic and Simon, an unsuccessful author, come along, and Jack and Susie find themselves getting involved in the young couple’s lives. Throw in Flic’s ghastly mother and a harassed guardian angel and things get even more interesting.
It’s not exactly a battle between good and evil, but points are made about living vicariously, for both the quick and the dead, snobbery and selfishness
What They Said
"What a revelation. The best Am Dram play I have ever seen. Great cast brought the script to life delivering their lines with perfect timing to a packed house (church hall)."
Jack Cameron (David Burles)
Susie Cameron (his wife) (Arabella Burles)
Mark Webster (Paul Smith)
Simon Willis (Nilesh Pandey)
Flic Willis (his wife) (Leonia Chesterfield)
Marcia Bradshaw (Flic’s mother) (Cressida Strauss)
Guardian Angel (Christine Neyman)
Director (Bryony Wilman)
Producer / Asst Director (Jane Atkinson)
Stage Management (Jo Harry, Chris Pease)
Set Designer (Marc Pearce)
Technical Support (Utku Er)
Front of House (Members and Friends of St. Michaels Players)
Publicity (Fleur de Henrie Pearce)