Blithe Spirit

A play by Noel Coward
Performed in October 1993
Faringdon Community Centre
Directed by Carole Tappenden

The action of the play is in the living room of Charles Condomines's house in Kent.

Charles Condomine, a successful novelist, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, and he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a sťance at his house. At the sťance, she inadvertently summons Charles's first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. Madame Arcati leaves after the sťance, unaware that she has summoned Elvira. Only Charles can see or hear Elvira, and his second wife, Ruth, does not believe that Elvira exists until a floating vase is handed to her out of thin air. The ghostly Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles's current marriage. She finally sabotages his car in the hope of killing him so that he will join her in the spirit world, but it is Ruth rather than Charles who drives off and is killed.

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Blithe Spirit

Peter Webster    Carolyn Taylor 

Blithe Spirit

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Photographs by kind permission of 'The Faringdon Folly'

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