Blithe Spirit

An improbable farce, by Noel Coward, presented over four performances, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th March 2012 in the South Cerney Village Hall.
"Charles Condomine, an author whose first wife Elvira has been dead for seven years, has been reasonably happy with his second wife Ruth. To collect material for his new book, he invites Madame Arcati, a local medium, to conduct a seance at their home. Unfortunately, Elvira returns from death and promptly proceeds to make life exceedingly uncomfortable for Charles. As Elvira is visible and audible only to Charles, he has great difficulty convincing Ruth that he is neither mad nor drunk. Elvira is wilfully determined to get Charles to herself for ever and so arranges several "accidents", culminating in her tampering with the car. lronically, it is Ruth who drives first and joins her rival.

Now plagued by two jealous squabbling spirits, Charles enlists the help of Madame Arcati, who finally disembodies the spirits but cannot quite exorcize them. Charles bids them farewell, saying he will escape for ever by putting water between himself and his two wives, who are left petulantly tearing the house apart."
Cerney Players,
23 Mar 2012, 12:56