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'A Cupboard Under the Stairs'
by Deborah Amor

7:30pm Saturday 18th May, 2013

St. John's Chapel, Chichester

Directed by Philip Amor

It is Sandra Bradshaw's wedding day. Her mother Shirley is struggling to cope with her demanding daughter, an elderly mother, an ineffectual husband, and a missing bouquet. The tensions increase when Shirley's estranged half-sister, Maureen, arrives to celebrate her niece's wedding.
Enter the mysterious lodger, Kathleen. She has recently befriended Sandra and is to be her bridesmaid. When the wedding and the stresses associated with it bring out the conflict between Shirley and Maureen, Kathleen capitalizes on this in an effort to bring about reconciliation and peace to a family torn apart by bitterness and guilt; a family where two sisters are united solely by a dark secret and the need to hide a terrible truth.

...no secret that production was worth seeing' - Littlehampton Gazette ...powerful portrayals in symbolic play' - Chichester and Midhurst Ob


 Elsie Sandy Knight
Shirley Sue Bartlett
Maureen Liz McNally
Sandra Deborah Addicott
Kathleen Rebecca Moore

Previously performed by The Regis Players at Felpham Village Hall
11-14th April, 2013

A Cupboard under the Stairs

Reviewed by:  Jose Harrison on Thursday 11th April, 2013

Venue:  Felpham Village Hall

Type of Production:  Play

Director:  Philip Amor 


Many of us have a cupboard under the stairs. A place to keep our hoover, perhaps our coats and shoe polish etc. but very few of us look upon it as a retreat.  A haven from the outside world.  This very moving and all absorbing piece of drama, written and directed by the husband and wife team Deborah and Philip Amor, is set around the cupboard in the home of granny, her two daughters, her granddaughter and a lodger.  Granny played by Sandy Knight showed many signs of the onslaught of old age with some memory loss.  She was slightly cantankerous and disliked being a dependant in the hands of her eldest daughter.  She was everything one would expect of an elderly person who resents the passing of time.  In Act two she became a delight to watch after too much imbibing at the wedding and incredibly moving when memories of the past flooded in.  Her eldest daughter, Shirley, (Sue Bartlett) showed great variation between exasperation and concern for everyone. She felt that she was responsible for all, trying to provide the strength for the whole family but really was as much in need of support as the others.  She gave a totally convincing performance as did her step-sister Maureen (Liz McNally), a recovering alcoholic who had been abused, by her father, as a child. Deborah Addicott played Sandra, the granddaughter. The play is set on her wedding day and her portrayal of a completely unbalanced young person rushing into a disastrous marriage was outstanding.  She showed all the signs of a very disturbed character in every respect where as the lodger (Rebecca Moore) was a complete enigma.  She gently sorted them all out without any expression or emotion.  All five members of the cast of this very ‘meaty’ production gave outstanding performances.  The pauses were the most ‘speaking’ part of this brilliantly performed play.