The betting slip I was handed at the door said Bob Hope, to win. I had no idea why.
But the name of the play was a giveaway: Good to Firm, apparently a racing fraternity description of the ground under the horses’ feet. Sorry, hooves.
It is Talking Scarlet’s latest production at the Pomegranate this week. There is indeed a horse racing connection, though it is mainly about relationships.
Shouty, excitable Bob (Ian Sharrock) is a bit of a slob except when his glossy, sophisticated old school chum Philippa (Louise Faulkner) comes to visit. They share a passion for racing; Shirley (Helen Sheals), Bob’s wife of thirty years, doesn’t.
Shirley has let herself go a bit, but scrubs up well enough to impress Les (Chris Sheridan), Phil’s new toy boy and a bit of a poseur.
The four of them canter effortlessly through the storyline’s ups and downs, always entertainingly, even when things take a serious turn and the comedy blackens
Good to Firm is a lot more fun than a day at the races. Catch it at the POmegranate until Saturday, June 22, 2013.