Rude Awakenings / A Little Box of Oblivion

I attended my first production by the Guild Players at Finchley Methodist Church Hall. The group performed two one-act comedies.

The first, Rude Awakenings by Nicholas Ridley, was set at a small village’s art exhibition when a resident art gallery owner is asked to judge the paintings. It started off slowly, but built to a satisfying and surprising conclusion.

The second, A Little Box of Oblivion by Stephen Bean, is set on a park bench and begins when an innocent member of the public minding his own business while reading the paper is asked to look after a box by a harried-looking girl. Commanded not to open it, he, and other assorted passers-by, try and work out what it is, with one convinced that it is a bomb and another certain that it is a chemical weapon. This play is more farcical than the other, very funny, and I confess I was surprised when the contents of the box were finally revealed!

The performances were good, and the evening was hugely enjoyable.


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