Directed by Yvonne Copley for Bolero Productions

Masque Theatre Muizenberg until 13 April

Bookings: 021 788 1898

 

Lieske Bester reviews.

 

Written by John Chapman and Ian Davidson Late Flowering is a delightful comedy with elements of farce blended in. Internet dating has become commonplace in our life and it is most enjoyable to take a peek at what goes on at an undeniably upmarket marriage bureau.

 

A simple filing box with cards and hieroglyphic notes that only Miss Pardoe can decipher sits on the secretarial desk in the well appointed Beaumont Bureau office. A new computer positioned upstage signals the impending and at first unwelcome change.

 

Over a period of three weeks we share the activities of Miss Beaumont and Miss Pardoe as they endeavour to find partners for two of their more difficult customers. An unconnected visit provides a twist in the tale and produces a hilarious sequence of events and a mutually satisfying ending.

 

The role of Martin Whittaker fits James Skilton like a glove – as the only male he rules the roost in the otherwise all female cast and delivers a fine performance.

 

Sheila Inglis is very good indeed as the aging secretary who not only takes to the world of the internet with alacrity but has effectively been hiding her own agenda for many years.

 

Pat Boothman gives a polished interpretation of Miss Beaumont, a determinedly single and most efficient if rather inflexible female.

 

Bernie Jacobs and Jane de Sousa complete the line-up with accomplished interpretations of two very different women with the same goal.

 

Book your seats for a frothy and amusing theatre experience.