Play Review – False Widows
Jane Dickerson reviews False Widows written by Rebecca Bond
False Widows by Rebecca Bond
Published by Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd
Synopsis from the Publishers – It is 1955 and Roland Ayre, the Earl of Dunshire has passed away; but at his funeral his family fund out he was not the man they thought. In the 48 hours that follow Heathersett House is turned into a battle ground as his families go head to head over the inheritance – and things take a very strange turn.
The play has a cast of 7, 2 male and 5 female. The males are small roles so would suit an amateur group with plenty of women. One of the male characters is Roland Ayre and the other is the boyfriend of one of the younger women. There are 2 older female roles and 3 younger females who are the children of the older women. As it’s set in Scotland it would be preferable if 3 of the cast could carry a Scotish accent. The set is static and is the drawing room of Heathersett House with two entrances, however there is a third “secret passage” which is concealed behind a large portrait.
As the synopsis above mentions the date is 1955. This is important as there are references to events in the characters’ lives that wouldn’t work in a different time setting. Of course this means that wardrobe has to be appropriate as well as the set and props. Basically Roland Ayre has been leading a double life with two wives to show for it. His step-daughter and second wife turn up at the home of his first wife and family pursued by an abandoned husband-to-be.
I highly recommend you read this script to see if it would work for your group.