A WOMAN in a Dressing Gown, Altrincham Little Theatre’s latest production, was an early kitchen sink drama and the subject of a 1957 film.
The irony is that the slovenly principal character, Amy, in Ted Willis’s play, would never go near a kitchen sink.
She dislikes domestic jobs as she slobbers around her council flat, most of the time in a dressing gown, rarely listening to the wireless which is constantly on.
Kathryn Fennell is exceptional in the role. Despite the comforting whisky Amy shares with her friend Hilda (Jane Newman) in a hilarious scene in which both shine, Kathryn successfully conveys the underlying reason for her character’s depression and anxiety.
Her husband, who Amy is desperate to keep, is having an affair with a secretary from work.
Ian Butterfield, who plays him, also expresses the inner motives behind the actions of a fundamentally weak man.
You forgive him for being attracted to Charlie Welsh’s Georgie, though.
She is young, sensual and demands a permanent relationship from her new found love.
The most dramatic scene comes when the love triangle meet up for a ‘sensible’ discussion. All Amy’s preparations have gone wrong and there are never to be forgotten explosive moments from all three.
Brian, their vulnerable son, is played well on Sunday night by Harvey Bowcock. He alternates with Charlie Culver, another youth group member who, I’m sure, is equally good.
A Woman in a Dressing Gown is at Altrincham Little Theatre until Saturday, January 28.
For tickets, telephone 0161 928 1113: Star rating: * * * *