Blithe Spirit
    By Noel Coward

    19:00, Tue 5th – Sat 9th May 2009 at Corpus Playroom
    Easter Week 2

    The dead are back, and angry, and they can’t get back to where they came from. The living are fed up, and wish the dead would just give up and go quietly back to where they came from. The comedy mounts as Elvira begins plotting to get her husband back – once and for all – and to put an entirely new meaning on the phrase, ‘Til death do us part…’

    Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house. At the séance, she inadvertently summons Charles's first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles's current marriage. She finally sabotages his car in the hope of killing him so that he will join her in the spirit world, but it is Ruth rather than Charles who drives off and is killed. This sets off a hilarious chain of events involving ectoplasm, incredulity and much laughter.

    Set in the late 30s, the plays embodies the quintessence of the English summer: elegance, sophistication, and just a hint of something nasty…


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