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Bear with me: Sun Bear @ParkTheatre

If The Light House is an uplifting tale of survival, Sarah Richardson’s Sun Bear gives a contrasting take on this. Sarah plays Katy. We’re introduced to Katy as she runs through a list of pet office peeves with her endlessly perky coworkers, particularly about coworkers stealing her pens. It’s a hilarious opening monologue that would have you wishing you had her as a coworker to help relieve you from the boredom of petty office politics.  But something is not quite right in the perfect petty office, where people work together well. And that is her. And despite her protesting that she is fine, the pet peeves and the outbursts are becoming more frequent. As the piece progresses, maybe the problem lies in a past relationship, where Katy had to be home by a particular hour, not stay out late with office colleagues and not be drunk enough not to answer his calls. Perhaps the perky office colleagues are trying to help, and perhaps Katy is trying to reach out for help. It has simple staging

Social climbers: The Young Visiters @TabardTheatreUK

Social climbing in the Victorian period has never seemed so much fun as it is in The Young Visiters.

It is a new adaptation of Daisy Ashford's book adapted and directed by Mary Franklin and presented by Rough Haired Pointer.

It is a world where ladies are pale owing to the drains in the house. Or where one can say “I had a bath last night so won’t wash much now.”

Daisy Ashford’s book was written when she was nine. The story goes that it languished in a draw until as an adult she found it and had it published in 1919. It is a child’s eye perspective of the silly business grown ups get involved in when falling in love or social climbing.

But its charm is in the innocence and fun that the characters have. Rough Haired Pointer have captured all the silliness of the book. But they have also given it their own signature with high energy and anarchic comedy.

There is tea served in bed (almost literally), horse riding comes with coconuts and there is an awful lot of rice throwing at a wedding.

The cast know their comic timing. And there is something about them that makes you think that they could probably elicit laughs just by standing on stage without any material.

Jake Curran as the slightly boring Mr Salteena is a delight with his deadpan looks and hurt feelings.

Marianne Chase as Ethel Monicue is hilarious in her assorted frocks and excessive use of makeup.

Geordie Wright as Bernard Clark is lovely as the handsome and noble Lord. But there is also a manic, scary edge to his performance suggesting that anything is possible after their nuptials.

I still chuckle thinking Rough Haired Pointer's take on Diary of a Nobody. Particularly the the bit where they sent up the bucket raising antics of the Kings Head Theatre. Now I can do the same with women who wear too much "ruge". If only they sold copies of the book at the theatre...

The Young Visiters runs at the Tabard Theatre until 26 March.


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