If you’ve seen signs around town reading, “Gaslight Theatre: CLOSURE” – rest assured the local theatre is still alive and well.
Closure is the name of the next show to hit the local stage, kicking off yesterday, March 23 and running through to April 6 as part of the Cambridge Autumn Festival.
John Kelleher, a familiar local face at the Gaslight who has starred in several roles on the stage, is taking up the title of director for this show.
When asked to direct for the Gaslight Theatre, he couldn’t think of a better show than Closure – written by Canadian author Ron Blicq.
“Ron has created an intriguing and deeply moving play with Closure, not only for the story itself but for the many emotions that the two families have to deal with when confronted by a dilemma,” said John.
The show’s main character Donald Barlow, played by David Lumsden, faces the decision of whether to follow up clues as to who his father may be – a suspected Canadian pilot based in England during the second world war, who left to fight the Japanese and never connected with Donald’s mother Wendy again.
His wife Daphne, played by Cambridge actress Marianne Kay, is cautious about the search. His daughter Claire however, played by Amanda Hema, is much more enthusiastic.
The family call upon professional investigator Paul Hoogstra (Clive Lamdin) who specialises in tracking down missing servicemen.
But the former Canadian pilot Gordon Devereaux (Owen Mooney) hopes to keep his wartime experiences well supressed.
His wife Helen (Cambridge’s Jan Cowie) is aware of his concerns but feels it could be valuable to determine whether or not her husband has a son.
The emotions twist and turn as a decision is made –but will it have a satisfactory conclusion?
Throughout it all Donald’s grandson Gordie, played by Cambridge’s Hamilton Kay, has an unwitting but crucial part to play.
“I am delighted at how well my cast have been able to portray their characters and show that families can face difficulties together and achieve solutions without damaging the family structure, and above all maintaining their care and love for each other,” said John.
Tickets to Closure are available at Paper Plus Cambridge and through Eventfinda.