With a title like Storm in a Flower Vase and the theme of society florist Constance Spry, I did not have high hopes for this new play at the Arts Theatre in London. I was, however, pleasantly surprised.
Constance Spry may have been an innovative flower designer and moved in high places but her secret was, as with many who mixed in aristocratic circles, that she had a lover. Within the society she mixed in, double standards were very much the norm. However, her secret was particularly scandalous as not only did she pretend to be married to the man she lived with, but she was also a lesbian.
Without giving too much away, the title is a pun on ‘a storm in a tea-cup’.
Having said that I enjoyed the play, I found that a friend who has also seen it thought that it said nothing new, and was boring. It is certainly not intellectually captivating but was for me, entertaining.
In conjunction with the play, and already sold out, flower arrangement classes with Mig Kimpton are being held at the theatre on three Saturdays, starting September 21.
The play by Anton Burge is based on Sue Shephard biography The Surprising Life of Constance Spry.
Limited season to October 12, 2013
Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JB. T. 020 7836 8463