A MONTH OF SUNDAYS IS A WARM HUG OF A SHOW THAT WILL PULL AT YOUR HEART STRINGS OVER THE WHOLE NIGHT
As you walk into the theatre, you are greeted with a wonderful arrangement of a care home on the stage, with two armchairs and a bed and a window with the glimpse of sunlight behind the curtains. The room reaches beyond the stage, with classic furniture, tables and walking sticks all standing at the front of the auditorium. This whole arrangement added to the feeling of being at home and a cozy feeling, almost as if we were residents of the home alongside the other occupants of the Surrey based nursing home.
The play uses comedy and this friendly nature to tackle the rather hard subject of ageing and mental health as we follow the story of Aylott (Robin Hooper) and Cooper (William Hoyland) two older men who want to keep their independence but find themselves evermore relying on others.
Hoyland does a fantastic job of further drawing in the audience, further emphasising the idea of us being tenants of the home by talking to the audience and providing a commentary throughout. Hoyland gave off a warm and friendly air, with a pinch of a comic rebel nature about him.
Hooper was a good sidekick to Hoyland and their jokes and anecdotes always had the audience laughing. The warm glow given off by the cast means that, as Hooper shows the signs of aging I found myself carer a lot about was going to happen and waiting to find out what happened next. He, along with Gareth Clarke (Peter) and Sophia Russell (Julia), were also key parts of the dream sequences which provided further comedy and a view into the mind of Aylott.
Anna Leong Brophy (Who plays Wilson) was a real charm to see on stage and she did a fantastic job of supporting both Hooper and Hoyland, though conversations as she also faces her own dilemmas.
The night was a lot of fun and I suggest you go see it if you want to go see a show that will have you laughing at one moment and crying another.