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Flare Path

Event Details

  • From: 14/01/2022
  • To: 22/01/2022
  • Starting at: 07:45 PM

Address

  • Main Auditorium
  • North Street, Bromley, BR1 1SB

Flare Path

by Terence Rattigan

Directed by Paul Doust with associate directors – Julie Binysh, Lindsay Dale, Debbie Griffiths

Married to Teddy, her ‘baby’ of a husband, Patricia Graham’s life is turned upside down when her worldly ex-lover, Peter Kyle, unexpectedly reappears.

It’s the early 1940’s and World War 2 is at its height.  The stresses and horrors of that extraordinary conflict are ever-present – not least for RAF Flight Lieutenant Teddy Graham and the seven-man crew of his Wellington bomber.  Night after relentless night, they’re sent out on ‘capers’.  They manage as best they can. Peter, however, is condescendingly dismissive of their ‘Boys Own’ banter and juvenile pranks, causing Pat, eventually, to question her marriage to joker ‘PO Prune’.  But when Teddy makes a sudden and shattering revelation to his wife, Pat comes to a new understanding of the war.  And of herself.  She also comes to a turning point.

Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path has all the heart-breaking understatement, poignant comedy and explosive emotion that you’d expect from this quintessentially British playwright.  The most recent West End production starring Sienna Miller, Sheridan Smith and James Purefoy proved as hugely popular and deeply moving as it always does.

In 1942, as the curtain fell on the play’s first night, Sir Winston Churchill immediately dubbed it ‘…a masterpiece’.  And that’s exactly what Flare Path remains almost eighty years later.  A masterpiece.  And one that shouldn’t be missed.

Cast

Countess Skriczevinsky Emma Sweeney
Peter KyleSeb Fear
Mrs OakesLouise Friend
Sergeant MillerCharlie Imperio
PercyAlfie Gosling
Count SkriczevinskyMatt Platt
Flight Lieutenant Teddy GrahamRobert O’Neil
Patricia GrahamAlice Foster
Mrs MillerDaniela Mansi
Squadron-Leader SwansonDave Oatley