The plays are short but the laughs are long

Whitchurch’s community theatre company, WADS, is putting on a quartet of pocket-sized comedies this week in a show called Four Shortened.  The plays will be directed by three WADS members new to directing.

  • In A Case of Belonging by Jan Allred, two figures argue over ownership of the soul of a dead body
  • In Fatal Loins by Perry Pontac, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is reconsidered, answering the question directly posed in the prologue: “If Juliet and Romeo survive/Will their eternal passion stay alive?”
  • In both Alarms and Leavings, Michael Frayn examines the difficulties modern technology has added to life. Two couples embark on a dinner party which is doomed to failure as labour-saving devices and furniture become hostile.

There will be three opportunities to see the production, which starts at 7:30pm each night, at Testbourne Theatre – 16, 17 and 18 May. Tickets cost £8 (£5 concessions) and are on sale online (, by telephone (Claire Isbester on 01256 892514), via email ( or from Kingsley Financial Management in Winchester Street.

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