CHESTERFIELD: Losing the Plot is a winning comedy

Sue Cookson and Steve Huison in Losing the Plot at the Pomegranate Theatre from March 11 to 13
Sue Cookson and Steve Huison in Losing the Plot at the Pomegranate Theatre from March 11 to 13

Sally and Jack. A (fairly) ordinary middle-aged couple, under pressure from the system.

Sally and Jack. A (fairly) ordinary middle-aged couple, under pressure from the system.

He’s a disenchanted art teacher, she runs a flower shop and the house, sees to the kids and has earnest phone calls with her best friend. The builders are in, and they argue about the state of the world (Jack) and the trivia of everyday life (Sally).

And then it all goes pear-shaped. Jack faces his demons in one way, Sally does exactly the opposite, and both are completely believable.

The play is Losing the Plot, and the John Godber Company brings it to the Pomegranate till Saturday, March 16

It’s a two-hander, so Steve Huison and Susan Cookson have a two-hour marathon to run, with plenty of emotion flying around.

The pair don the roles of warring long-marrieds with ease, like putting on a pair of old slippers. They glance off each other, hardly touching or hearing, but still maintain an undercurrent of connection and communication.

The author’s voice is loud and clear in the rants about artistic integrity and why the artsshould be properly valued in education, but these two experienced players ensure the words flow effortlessly from the characters.

It takes a playwright of the order of John Godber to turn mid-life crisis into comedy, even the black variety, but he succeeds as he always does.

LYNNE PATRICK