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Relatively Speaking review: A sparkling night of classic comedy at Robin Hood Theatre Company in Averham

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It’s a simple tale of several misunderstandings but Relatively Speaking makes for a wonderful evening of laughter at the Robin Hood Theatre, Averham, this week.

The Alan Ayckbourn comedy launches Robin Hood Theatre Company’s diamond jubilee season ­— and it is a gem.

Without giving too much away, Ginny is acting strangely, arousing the suspicions of her partner, Greg, who is eager to marry her.

Relatively Speaking will be performed by Robin Hood Theatre Company. (51073000)
Relatively Speaking will be performed by Robin Hood Theatre Company. (51073000)

When she heads off for the day to visit her parents, Greg decides he will go too ­— leading him to the home of the unsuspecting long-married couple Philip and Sheila, and an afternoon of mistaken identities and misunderstandings.

Ayckbourn’s clever script is a joy. However, full credit must go to director Jean Lebeter and the talented cast of four who brought the story to life.

Cavan McLaughlin is Greg, constantly, though accidentally, stirring the lies of the other characters.

Caroline Hall is Ginny, the central character in all the confusion. And I loved the comedy double act of Dave Baliol-Key and Rebecca Smith as Philip and Sheila.

Relatively Speaking was first performed nearly 60 years ago but it has really stood the test of time and is still bringing plenty of laughter to audiences, as proven by the Robin Hood Theatre audience on opening night.

Ayckbourn’s wonderful writing and excellent acting from the entire cast make this one not to be missed.

It runs until Saturday. ­— SH.

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