THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL by Colin Barrow
The action of the play takes place in the vestry of a village Church. After a Sunday morning service, Reverend Andrew Hewitt is found by loyal Church-goer and Church warden Sarah indulging in a large glass of wine in the vestry. He claims that he has seen a ghost in the Lady Chapel. The ghost is of Tracey Hunt, a past love of Andrew who has no knowledge of the fact that she was killed in action whilst serving in the army.
Throughout the week Tracey appears, unseen by the cast, asking questions whilst characters find themselves giving impromptu answers for no reason. And that not only gives humour, but it also pushes the story along. Andrew Hewitt is recently ordained and has a more modern approach to running the Church. He clashes with the more traditional Sarah who has her feet in the past. Sarah also has reservations that Reverend Hewitt entertains a young lady, Abi, in the Vicarage for unbridled passion. After a sunny Monday, the night becomes a stormy one and when Andrew enters the Church late at night he is seen by Karen, a divorced homeless lady with virtually no money.
According to his faith, he gives shelter and help to Karen, which leads her to camp out in the vestry. The week has its ups and downs when finally, on Saturday, Andrew and Abi finish whatever relationship they had. This allows Karen to move into the Vicarage for Saturday night and then she leaves on the Sunday with her suitcase packed. John, the Church Verger, is a very calm, collected man who see things as they are and never becomes involved, but is supportive to the Vicar in all aspects. Reverend Hewitt finds after the morning service he has no love in his life other than his Angel, Tracey. Or is there an unexpected twist?