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Amusement will abound at the Garrick Theatre this month.

An affair of mistaken identities

West End hit Relatively Speaking by award-winning English playwright Alan Ayckbourn opens at the Garrick Theatre, in Guildford, this month with a cast directed by community theatre stalwart Ken Harris.

Relatively Speaking is the quintessential comedy of mistaken identities.

Ginny is having an affair with her married boss, Philip, played by Midvale resident Rodney van Groningen, while living with her naïve, young boyfriend Greg (Karnup resident Rhett Clarke), who is increasingly suspicious something’s not right.

When Ginny (Inglewood resident Jennifer McGrath) says she is going to visit her parents one Sunday afternoon, Greg is not convinced and decides to secretly follow her.

Ginny, however, is off to break up with her married lover, leaving Greg mistaking him and his unhappy wife, Sheila (Woodbridge resident Michele Acott), for her parents.

There’s plenty of laughter in marital misery, which sees the characters waver between misunderstanding and painful truth.

Harris said everyone has had an encounter with a person who knows us but who we don’t quite know, or vice versa, and the play takes this dilemma a step further with hilarious consequences.

“I was particularly drawn to Ayckbourn’s clever use of dialogue, which allows each of the characters to back out of a sticky situation with at least some dignity,’’ he said.

The Garrick Theatre is at 16 Meadow St, Guildford behind the town hall.

Relatively Speaking plays on July 20, 21, 22, 27,28,29 and August 2,3,4, 5 at 8pm with matinees on July 23 and July 30 at 2pm.

Doors and the Garrick Bar open 30 minutes prior to curtain-up.

To book call Elaine on 9378 1990, email bookings@garricktheatre.asn.au or buy online at www.trybooking.com

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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