Daylight Saving

Helen Dallimore, Ian Stenlake, Belinda Giblin, Christ Stollery, Rachel Gordon (c) Helen White
Helen Dallimore, Ian Stenlake, Belinda Giblin, Christ Stollery, Rachel Gordon (c) Helen White

The starting point to Nick  Enright’s DAYLIGHT SAVING is unexceptional. A forties something North Shore married couple, Tom and Felicity, are struggling to find time together. Tom, a high profile sports agent, is always travelling overseas to cater to the whims of his clients. He is about to head off again and  Felicity- nicknamed Flick- chides him, once more, with feeling.

Enright packs in  plenty of  ‘red herrings’, interesting plot lines, farcical situations, quirky characters and zingy one liners to keep audiences well entertained to a very neat finishing line.

This latest  revival of one of Enright’s most  popular works, first performed at Kirribilli’s Ensemble theatre in 1989, is given a  warm, polished, vibrant production by Adam Cook who was a close friend of the late, master Australian playwright.

Cook wins great  performances from  a good cast  who maintain their energy levels throughout, and take on Enright’s characters with style.

This is the play with  one of my favourite  Enright characters, tennis superstar and super brat, Jason Strutt. No doubt, Enright drew his inspiration from envisaging a young John McEnroe. Recent Actors Centre Australia graduate Jacob Warner makes the most of this great comic role.

Christopher Stollery and Rachel Gordon come across very credibly as the troubled, time poor middle-class couple, Tom and Flick Finn.

As their ever intrusive neighhbour from hell Stephanie, Helen Dallimore is simply wonderful, and lights up the stage with her every appearance.

Belinda Giblin is a delight as Flick’s nosy, batty mother, Bunty.

Ian  Stenlake is great as the super smooth, Walt Whitman quoting Joshua Makepeace (Enright loved coming up with quirky names for his characters).

Cook’s sleek, late eighties set of Tom and Flick’s apartment with a  prominent balcony  is a highlight.

The production was made possible through the generous support of the Enright family. In a  continuing partnership between the Darlinghurst Theatre Company and the Enright family, the Company will feature Enright’s Good Works next year and another play from the Enright canon in 2016.

There’s no issue at all turning back time when you have a play and a production as enjoyable as this one.

Adam Cook’s production of Nick Enright’s DAYLIGHT SAVING opened at the Eternity Playhouse on Tuesday 4th November and plays until Sunday 30th November, 2014.