Review: Relatively Speaking and My Cousin Rachel

What must be one of the most ambitious programmes in amateur dramatic circles hereabouts has taken place in Quarndon over a recent fortnight.

Not only did CADSs transform the local church hall into a 'theatre in the round' but they presented two plays on alternate nights, each with a different cast and setting.

The brainchild of director Jan Baggaley, the idea of a superb success and received accolades from capacity audiences throughout.

Relatively Speaking was the comedy excellently performed by Simon Carr as the suitor supposedly seeking permission from the parents of his girlfriend (Clare Hale) for her hand in marriage.

That the older couple, joyously played by Marilyn Pendlebury and James Brereton, were not all they seemed, made for an ideally entertaining play and whether seen first of second a completely satisfying beginning or ending.

In contrast, the drama My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, was highly powered with outstanding acting from Chris Scott as the Cornishman who received his late brother's wife into his home and the consequences thereof.

Lisa Kelly performed well as Rachel, good support coming from Simon Borg the advisor, Sophie Clouston as his daughter, plus Julie Cooper, Tony Glover, and Ross Bradwell.

Charmingly costumed, it was a mystery which left questions to be answered at the end.

A beautiful setting of the interior of an ancestral home included a piano on which the audience was treated to a splendid classical piece played by the talented Chris Scott.

The garden scene of the other play was likewise fitting to its subject, and both accomplished by the hardworking production team.

Altogether a great innovation, proving the versatility and determination of one of Derbyshire's best loved societies, and let it be said blessed with impeccable language throughout.