THE WOMAN WHO COOKED HER HUSBAND
Southwold Arts Centre
Debbie Isitt is now as well known for her hit comedy films ‘Nativity’ and ‘Confetti’. In this comic thriller from the 1990’s she paints a hilarious and gruesome picture of a deserted wife’s revenge on her ex-husband.
When Hilary invites Ken and Laura over for dinner, he readily accepts, unaware of what delicacies Hilary plans to serve. Told through a series of flashbacks interspersed with the `last supper’, The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband is a highly entertaining exploration of the old adage, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”!
'Debbie Isitt’s play is the latest offering from this newly-established but already highly-acclaimed company, under the skilful direction of Sarah Redmond.
Kieran Garland plays Kenneth, whose long-standing marriage to Hilary played by Rhiannon Howys has ended, as he has traded Hilary in for a much younger model in the form of Laura, played by Becky Hoyle.
The result is a hilarious love triangle, where we gradually learn about the various foibles of the three characters, none of whom it appears are particularly pleasant. Action is fast moving, with much physicality between the actors. Kenneth’s fascination with the music of Elvis provides opportunities to show that these talented actors are also proficient dancers.
The minimalist stage set designed by Martin Robinson is enhanced by a myriad of multi-media material created by David Hermon, projected in triplicate onto the stage. Many props are mimed, so when an actual kitchen knife is produced from a drawer the effect is all the more profound. Much use is made of furniture on wheels, so at times the actors literally spin around the stage.' David Bunkell, East Anglian Times