THE third play by Aldersgate Productions at the Westminster Theatre is Brother Francis.
It is good to be able to write about a Christian theatrical venture with enthusiasm, and I had looked forward to the third play, for St Francis was a promising subject.
Alas. not only did "Brother Francis" not measure up to the previous plays: it was not in the same professional league a poor. amateur attempt.
The authors arc Peter Albery and William Fry, but they have not written a play': rather they have assembled a chronicle df poor sketches. The word "dialogue" is hardly applicable, and as for creating a dramatic situation, words fail me.
The programme states that, William Fry also directed, but I fear he displays as little skill in this respect as he does as a playwright. I am surprised that anyone was
prepared to lend his name in the programme to the design of two tatty tents.
I would have been hard pushed to applaud the performances if they had been those of the local schoolchildren at their end-of-term performance.
I ant sorry to he so critical. Nothing would please me more than to be able to recommend a play about Si Francis at the Westminster Theatre, but it would he dishonest to recommend this production merely because the review appears in a religious paper.
I hope that the Westminster Theatre will be able to continue its Christian venture at the level of the last two plays and not make another mistake of this magnitude.