It’s a Saturday afternoon in summer and an important local cricket match is underway. But while the team captain is trying to keep his men focused on the game, there is slow-burning meltdown among their wives and girlfriends in the kitchen.
Richard Harris’s cricketing comedy Outside Edge is more to do with marital disharmony in the pavilion where tea is being prepared than scoring runs on the pitch. Bickering, back-biting and witty one-liners eventually lead to chaos and begs the question: which is the more important, the match or the tea?
Written in 1979, this play is now seen as one of the classic comedies of the late 20th century. It involves genuine characters, acutely observed, in a typical middle-England situation in which things unravel with hilarious results.
Performances at Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford take place 29 March to 1 April at 7.45pm Tickets are £10 and available from box office 01491 825000 or www.cornexchange.org.uk