House of Cowards by Dannie Abse at Pentameters
House of Cowards by Dannie Abse, directed by Conrad Blakemore, at the Pentameters Theatre, a fringe venue above the Horseshoe Pub in Hampstead, north London, from 22 Oct to 10 Nov 2013.
A sardonic comedy set in spring 1958. Adam Shemtov, a mystical man known as ‘The Speaker’, is due to give a widely anticipated speech on the human condition to the downtrodden inhabitants of North Willingstone, a claustrophobic provincial town. To the Hicks family his arrival heralds the possible return of a more optimistic life and the happiness that has long eluded them. Meanwhile Mr. Nott, an estranged widower, arrives from London in search of an old friend, Mason. The search for lost friends and meaning to a humdrum world go on but will the characters find what they are looking for?