Students from Banbridge Academy are preparing to tread the boards this week, with their production of ‘Blithe Spirit’.
Banbridge Academy Drama Society will present the show at 7pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (December 11, 12 and 13).
In ‘Blithe Spirit’ Noel Coward playfully mocks the traditions of love and marriage.
Charles Condomine (Rory Ferguson) is a successful novelist. Ruth (Chloe Graham) is his charming, strong-willed wife.
In order to conduct research for Charles’ latest book, they invite a medium to their home to perform a séance expecting that the eccentric psychic, Madame Arcati (Gregg Shannon), will be a humorous shyster. Her ability to connect with the dead, is however, genuine.
After prancing about the room reciting nursery rhymes, Madame Arcati summons a ghost from Charles’ past: Elvira (Cliona Kelly) – his first wife. Charles can see her, but no one else can. Elvira is flirtatious and catty. She enjoys insulting Charles’ second wife.
At first Ruth thinks her husband has gone insane. Then, after watching a vase float across the room (thanks to Elvira), Ruth accepts the strange truth. What follows is a darkly funny competition between two women, one dead, one living. They battle for possession of their husband.
But as the haunting and the hollering continue, Charles begins to wonder if he wants to be with either woman at all.
Tickets for Blithe Spirit are available from the school office, priced £10 and £6 (concession).