The Chandler’s Ford Community Association agreed at a Management Committee meeting this week to install air conditioning in the Ritchie Memorial Hall.
With several hot summers behind us coupled with full houses as a result of increasing popularity of our productions, the temperature in the Ritchie Hall was often exceeding 30 degrees Centigrade. It was also stuffy making air quality poor.
The Chandler’s Ford Community Association have responded positively to requests from users of the Hall to improve the conditions in the Ritchie Hall.
The air conditioning installation will be completed by the end of June, in time for The Chameleons’ next production – Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn.
Celebrations for Chameleon Theatre Company’s 50th Anniversary Year continue with the re-introduction of their popular Ploughman’s Supper with a glass of wine included in the ticket price for the highly entertaining 1965 comedy Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn, one of the UK’s most successful playwrights.
With air conditioning being installed in the Ritchie Hall next month audiences can look forward to enjoying their Summer evening with The Chameleons in comfort.
Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn
Originally titled “Meet My Father”, Relatively Speaking was the first of Alan Ayckbourn’s plays to transfer to the London stage. This 1965 comedy was his first major success.
Although basically a comedy of misunderstandings and mistaken identity, as plays of this genre go it has a very well-constructed plot, plus some developed characters and a slightly dark streak.
Revived in 2013 at The Wyndham Theatre, Felicity Kendall played the befuddled wife Sheila.
It starts with a young cohabiting couple, Greg and Ginny, whose relationship, after only a month, is dwindling into fractiousness. The naive Greg is hurt and perplexed not only by the unsolicited gifts arriving hourly at their flat but by Ginny’s decision to take off alone one Sunday, ostensibly to see her parents in the country.
In reality, Ginny is going to descend on the home of her married boss, Philip, to put an end to their affair and retrieve some compromising letters.
When Greg impulsively follows Ginny, the way is open to a dizzying series of misunderstandings: Greg assumes he is meeting his girlfriend’s parents while Philip initially takes Greg to be the lover about whom his own wife, Sheila, has ostentatiously fantasised.