ACT Reviews 2023-2024 Season

REMEMBER REMEMBER by David Soames Directed by Sean Duvall Knutsford Little Theatre This is billed as a World Premiere performance of David Soames’s play. It is a new updated version of ‘Penny for the Guy’ which has only been on stage once before for a run of 2 weeks 30 years ago. It was interesting to read the background history of this play and how it was brought to Knutsford, thanks to the tenacity of the director Sean Duvall. Naturally, I had no idea what to expect but it is described as a tense thriller and, being partial to a thriller, I was looking forward to a good evening at this welcoming little theatre. The play is set in the upmarket home of Peter and Barbara. A couple who enjoy the trappings of a successful and lavish lifestyle of expensive cars, paintings, jewellery, and speedboats. The set was a cool, classy depiction of this lifestyle based in a living room with understated furniture and dressings, including an ‘on-trend’ tripod light accessory. The evening ahead is planned to be a first meet-theparents dinner occasion where Julia is introducing her boyfriend, Kenny, to her mother and stepfather. It opens, clearly setting the scene as Bonfire Night, with Barbara watching the fireworks exploding in the distance from her elegant French windows. We got the opportunity to see a nice exchange between mother and daughter duo Barbara and Julia, establishing a close relationship. Julia, clearly anxious to impress her boyfriend by wearing just the right outfit for the occasion amuses us with three quick changes, each quite different and each approved of by her supportive mother.