Performing Arts: REVIEW: Our Song; Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, until Tomorrow

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Performing Arts: REVIEW: Our Song; Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, until Tomorrow


Byline: REVIEW by Gail Cooper

The spectacle of respectable elderly audience members earnestly reading a programme article entitled, ``So you're thinking of having an affair?'' was almost as enjoyable as the production it referred to.

For adultery knows no boundaries of class or age. It's just that when Cupid's dart hits the target, the middle classes are better at articulating the anguish.

Our Song was a West End hit 10 years ago for acerbic writer Keith Waterhouse, and Ned Sherrin directs this touring production, which stars Peter Bowles and Caroline Langrishe.

It charts the life and death of a love affair among the chattering, copulating classes in London's advertising community in the all-consuming '80s and early '90s.

Lunches are long and champagne-sodden, office trips away on business turn into dirty weekends and lovers wallow in tears before and after bedtime.

Peter Bowles, star of To the Manor Born and many other TV hits, is deliciously world-weary and paradoxically hopeful as Roger Piper, the ageing adman who embarks on what he realises will be his last great love affair, after a long and complex history of flings.

His new squeeze is Angela Caxton, a ``freelance factotum'' on the fringes of his world, who dazzles him with her youth and energy at first but who is really an unhappy girl, living precariously with mounting debts.

Actress Charlotte Emmerson makes Angela sparkling as newly-opened champagne at first, but , just like champagne, she soon goes flat and sour on him. …

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