Time of My Life

Venue : Redditch Palace Theatre

Date : November 2009

Genre : Comedy

Director

Paul Hughes

Director

Val Archer

Val Archer

Assistant Director

Cast

Mike Beamish

Gerry Stratton

Joy Rodgers

Laura, his wife

Jason Trombley

Glyn, their son

Adam Lee

Adam, their other son

Alison Trombley

Stephanie, Glyn’s wife

Jessica Horabin

Maureen

David Key

Calvinu, a restauranteur

Ed Parrott

Aggi

Simon Brown

Dinka

Anne Cherry

Benita

Crew

Peter Round

Stage Manager

Elizabeth Round

Assistant Stage Manager

Elizabeth Round

Properties

Val Archer

Val Archer

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Beryl Linforth

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Tony Lacey

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Rosie Worsley

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Holly Roberts

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Helen Cleaver

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Paul Hughes

Publicity

Paul Hughes

Set Design

Peter Round

Set Construction

Abby Stonehall

Photographs

Estelle Shutkever

Front of House

Sue George

Front of House

Marion Batten

Front of House

Crew

Peter Round

Stage Manager

Elizabeth Round

Assistant Stage Manager

Elizabeth Round

Properties

Val Archer

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Beryl Linforth

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Tony Lacey

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Rosie Worsley

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Holly Roberts

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Helen Cleaver

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Paul Hughes

Publicity

Paul Hughes

Set Design

Peter Round

Set Construction

Abby Stonehall

Photographs

Estelle Shutkever

Front of House

Sue George

Front of House

Marion Batten

Front of House

Production Gallery

Reviews

Overview of the play

Time Of My Life is Ayckbourn at his best, dealing with the theme of the decline of a successful family business and the ensuing financial and emotional troubles this brings.

Laura Stratton is celebrating her fifty-fourth birthday and a small family celebration has been organised by her husband Gerry at their favourite restaurant. All seems quiet. However, as the family gathers the trouble begins.

The play shows the present followed by excerpts from past and future giving an overall picture of the family problems.

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Press Release

It's Laura Stratton's birthday and she's celebrating it with her family at Calvinu's restaurant. She's joined by her gruff husband Gerry whose business is facing cash-flow problems.

There's her eldest son Glyn and his wife Stephanie; they're back together again after Glyn's affair with another woman. The final two guests are Laura's favourite son Adam and his new girlfriend Maureen who's meeting the family for the first time.

The occasion suggests a happy domestic scene, but gradually we are made aware of the family skeletons. The present opens up to have Glyn's story move forward in time and Adam's backward, while at the centre Gerry and Laura pick apart their marriage and recall first love.

Time of My Life is a very funny but truthful look at relationships. But in a typical Ayckbourn way, the humour is tinged with sadness.

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What the audience said

"Time Of My Life - well done to everyone! I have been a member of the Ullenhall Players for nearly 10 years and so when viewing performances I am not just enjoying the show but also looking at the set, timing and character portrayal. I have to say I was not disappointed on any score and thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening.

I found the simultaneous past, present and future scenes of particular interest and they way that they progressed and regressed - very clever. Although I thought all the acting was very good I particularly enjoyed the performance by Maureen whose voice and facial expressions were superb.

I have only one small criticism and that is Gerry said he wanted another brandy but the previous one was still on the table unfinished as were several other drinks by the end of the night."

Once again well done to you all! JM

"Really enjoyed "Time of your Life" last night. A brilliant production and a great laugh. Please pass on my congratulations to all concerned." MB

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