Review: A Room for One, Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham …

March 9, 2016 - table lamp

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Only dual unscheduled stops have ever been done by Queen Elizabeth II on her travels during her reign, and both were as a outcome of bad weather.

The initial was in Canada when a aircraft in that she was flapping was forced to land; a second, here in Gloucestershire, happened to be late one Sunday afternoon in Dec 1981. Who knew?

That winter afternoon, sharpening winds and swirling sleet had combined dangerous conditions on a county’s roads.

Stranded in this uncertain blizzard, Her Majesty, along with her entourage, took retreat in a 15-room, two-star Cross Hands Hotel; a 14th-century stone-built posting residence during Old Sodbury on a A46, a aged Roman highway joining Bath and Cirencester.

They were among a tide of motorists forced to desert their cars and find shelter. It wasn’t prolonged before a throng started trudging adult to a Cross Hands. The bar and loll were shortly packaged and usually one upstairs guest room was still accessible by a time a stately celebration arrived.

Ed Viney’s “A Room for One” is a story of how to keep tip a temperament of a many astonishing caller who was on her approach home to Windsor Castle after visiting her daughter Princess Anne and grandchildren Peter and Zara Phillips during Gatcombe Park.

This one-act play opens with a sounds of song and 100 or so people chattering in a bar, flapping adult to a chintzy room on a top building with a tiny corgi attire crouched underneath a fringed list lamp.

All a while a Queen is watchful in a downstairs cloakroom with military Detective Edwards and her lady-in-waiting, Lady Callington, well played by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School-trained Samantha Barron.

Joining them is convincing, hot-on-security Detective Stonehouse, played by Chris Yapp, a connoisseur of a now Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

They are deliberating either or not a usually room left during a Cross Hands is suitable for Ma’am, confidence issues and how to keep Ma’am’s temperament secret.

But Lady Callington, given she is vehemently opposite a policies of a Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, wants zero some-more than to illuminate Her Maj on a dangers her policies poise to a country. And she tries to wire in untimely chauffeur Mr Stevens, played hilariously by Alex Gartshore.

Comedy ensues as he’s listened slipping on icy stairs and throwing his fingers in a slammed automobile door, as he tries desperately to deflect off a bullying Lady Callington, who is dynamic to convince him to start a review about Maggie with a Queen.

Detective Stonehouse, nothing too penetrating on Lady Callington, believes that such topics shouldn’t be discussed by those tighten to a middle stately circle.

As HRH is slipped sensitively into room 15 during a finish of a narrow, creaky mezzanine around an outward glow escape, with a solitaire and tonic, her environment pass a time personification Scrabble.

There are some smart quips thrown behind and onward between Lady Callington and Detective Stonehouse. How many times has a stately insurance officer been compared to James Bond – nonetheless can't conduct some-more than a three-letter Scrabble word?

With crafty twists in a plot, Lady Callington drops Detective Stonehouse in it with a Duke of Edinburgh, while he enlightens her as to because she was released from Christmas during Balmoral.

The behaving is first-rate, a set desirable and a play leaves we wanting more. It’s terrific.

A Room for One runs until Saturday, Mar 12 during a Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham.

Judith Wordsworth

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