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Haywire, Lee Players, Crofton Community Centre, Stubbington
BOOKSELLER Alec Firth is desperately trying to arrange a Spanish holiday with Liz, his assistant.
Unfortunately for him, his best-laid plans (even the ‘fallback’ varieties) unravel before him: his wife has bought a new puppy (before going away herself for Easter), his mother discharges herself from the nursing home, his son is on crutches and his pregnant daughter is about to deliver while refusing to marry the father, and Liz is fast losing patience.
June Witham gave a spirited performance as Alec’s incorrigible, curmudgeonly mother while Steve Hudson had a valiant attempt at portraying the dour bookshop owner, delivering his lines in a dry, deadpan manner (although had a tendency to have his eyes fixed on the floor). Mark Burns and Amanda Lawrence gave able support as his wayward children.
The pace was reasonable if rather one-dimensional, despite the overworked prompt, but needed more variety to breathe life into the production.