About this event:
Throughout the 1930s, Taunton Thespians had a rich tradition of presenting curtain raisers (one-act plays performed prior to a full-length piece). We have pleasure in reviving this tradition in 2019, and present Noël Coward’s Red Peppers, followed by Quartet by Ronald Harwood.
Coward’s one-act comedy, written for himself and Gertrude Lawrence, is a lively look behind the scenes at George and Lily Pepper’s dressing room, eavesdropping on their offstage quarrels and witnessing their onstage performances, complete with barely disguised spats.
It’s a little gem, and complements Harwood’s full length play, Quartet, which also touches on the lives of stage performers who have left their best years behind them. Wilf, Cissy, Reggie and Jean are retired opera singers, whiling away their time in a bespoke home, which puts on an annual concert to celebrate the birthday of Giuseppe Verdi in October.
It seems only natural than that the four ex-performers should choose the quartet from Rigoletto, Bella figlia dell’amore (Beautiful daughter of love), for which they were justifiably famous. But will they remember the words? Fit into their costumes? And know what day it is? Harwood’s poignant, beautiful script will have you sighing and chuckling in equal measure.
TAUNTON – The Brewhouse
March 12-16 / 7.15pm
£12 / £5 (Student/Child)