In an interview for BBC South East, Michael had revealed that this was not the first time he had worked at The Devy Park  – his first role having involved cleaning the loos (and a stint in the box office).  Sadly he was unable to attend the bar reception to enable the Friends to interrogate him further on this and his ensuing illustrious acting career!

We were, however, delighted to welcome other members of the cast and company to a bar reception on the opening night of the play.

There was a wonderful atmosphere in the theatre that night – the absolutely amazing set of an art- deco style 1930’s country house drawing room raised a few “wows” as the audience took their seats. The ensuing play with its fast and pacey dialogue did not disappoint. Written in 1932, Dangerous Corner is Priestley’s first play and all the action takes place in the drawing room of Robert and Freda Caplan’s country retreat. A chance remark by one of the guests ignites a series of devastating revelations, revealing a hitherto undiscovered tangle of clandestine relationships and dark secrets, the disclosures of which have tragic consequences. The play ends with a reprise to the beginning of the evening and the chance remark not being made, the secrets remaining hidden and the “dangerous corner” avoided.   As Oscar Wilde put it “The truth is rarely pure and never simple”.

The heady atmosphere continued at the Bar Reception when the Friends were delighted to have the chance to chat to a number of the cast members some of whom were familiar faces on our television screens.  Colin Buchanan, Matt Milne (not the only former footman from Downton Abbey to tread the Boards in Eastbourne this month), Rosie Armstrong and Lauren Drummond were pleased to sign autographs, share their stories and pose for photographs with members of The Friends as the pictures below bear witness!