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Handyman’s story is nailed-on for drama

With a passion for tackling all the handyman jobs he can possibly find, amiable Bob always has his Black and Decker at the ready.

But his high-maintenance life-style is about to spin out of control as he bounces between two demanding women.

Westacre Theatre brings Bob’s trials and tribulations to life in their new stage production of The Maintenance Man by much-loved writer Richard Harris.

Matt Grist in The Maintenance Man
Matt Grist in The Maintenance Man

An emotional play, it closely chronicles Bob’s love triangle.

It will certainly entertain and touch you as it examines how the pleasures of DIY can create their own complications.

Bob repeatedly returns to his former marital home where his previous existence with estranged wife Christine had sunk to wrangling recriminations.

Westacre Theatre
Westacre Theatre

Now we watch Christine’s personal journey from put-upon victim climbing to striking -out on her own while Bob relocates his toolbox to the home of new flame Diana.

In turn, Diana begins to resent having to fight for Bob’s time against, amongst other things, the Black and Decker when the realisation dawns on her that is where his destiny lies.

Bob’s dilemma between ex-wife and mistress is further aggravated by the unseen but completely overwhelming coercion of his possessive mother.

These competing women find themselves caught up in Bob’s cheerless ineptness.

The play’s darkness reflects the tragedy of the tangled love affair with its impending domestic disaster although there are some very funny moments too; so expect to laugh and cry your way through the story.

In parts the pathos is uncomfortable to watch but it is an intelligent comedy where you can empathise with the characters.

This special production by Westacre’s own in-house company is directed by and stars theatre stalwart Matt Grist making his return after a short while away.

You will surely find it is well worth the wait.

There are four performances on Friday 14, Saturday 15, Friday, 21, and Saturday February 22, all at 7.30pm.

You can book online at www.westacretheatre.com or by calling 01760 755800.

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