Margaret More timid and circumspect than the others. She senses conflict and tries to avoid it. She still demonstrates a desire to perform.
Irene A buffer between Ruby’s dominance and Margaret’s sensitivity.
Ruby Dominant and sees herself as the group leader. She does, however reveal her insecurities
All three are mid-70
50 minutes approx.
Review from British Theatre Guide
Autumn Days is the name of the residential home in which Margaret, Irene and Ruby live. Ex-performers, they are attempting to liven up the dullness of their declining years by planning and rehearsing a show which they will take on the road – to other residential homes!
Each is a gem of a character, and it was perfectly obvious that the three actresses – Gwen Doran, Helen Russell and Jean Southern – relished every second of the play. And so did the audience, for it had everything: a little pathos, a lot of humour, singing and dancing.
Of course, the age of the actresses had a lot to do with it – all three started their careers entertaining troops, munitions workers and hospital patients during World War II – because it allowed some wonderful sight gags. I shall long remember the yodelling song in which Russell and Southern did a Bavarian “slap” dance (what is the proper name?), sitting down so they could slap their feet!
Preview available here