Wolf's Clothing - performed February 1998
By Kenneth Horne
Performed with the kind permission of Samuel French - London
Director - Dennis Murfitt
Cast(in order of appearance)
Production TeamKerry King, Bruce Emeney, , Maurice Barber, Darryl Streatfield, Dennis Murfitt, Terry Cousins, Roger Licence, Jessica Boulton, Nigel Lister.
The PlayThe action of the play takes place in the living room of the Calvert's house at Westling, on the Hampshire coast, in August.
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ReviewsBED-HOPPING and wife swapping formed the basis of Kenneth Horne’s light-hearted comedy, but the some-what quaint moral standards and tame middle-class customs of its 1950s setting stripped this drama of anything other than the mildest suggestion of raunch, despite the provocative subject matter. However, this died not prevent the almost capacity audience from fully enjoying the production, and the evening had a dedicated and industrious cast toe recommend it.
Martin Rayner, who displayed real stage presence, carried the piece as Julian, the uptight husband exasperated
with his clean image, charmingly accompanied by Liz Butler as his dizzy wife and these two interacted naturally to
suggest convincingly their marital relationship.
A nicely dressed set and period wardrobe contributed towards the technically slick production,
and compensated somewhat in the absence of strong or striking direction. However, there was actually comparatively
little for the cast and director to work with.
WHAT a refreshing change – a play with sex but one which managed to convey all that was necessary without resorting to anything lewd, crude or rude. Wolf’s Clothing, the latest production by the Manifest Theatre Group, was billed as a gently British comedy, a description which could not be bettered, and the two-hour performance provided a really enjoyable and pleasant evening. Set in the late 1950s, the three-act play, directed by Dennis Murfitt, was entertaining from start to finish.
Liz Butler as the wife, bored by her predictable husband and looking for a little excitement, gave an outstanding
She was able back by Martin Rayner, the sometimes bewildered husband, and Jessica Boulton and Adrian Bolton,
as the couple with very different marital problems.
The story kept the audience interested and laughing happily throughout.
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