The Lympstone Players’ Café Theatre productions have been immensely popular over the past few years. Now they offer us Buffet Theatre. The play they are presenting on 23rd, 24th & 25th June is Noel Coward’s romantic drama, Still Life, which was famously filmed by David Lean as Brief Encounter, one of the best-loved romantic films ever made.

It is set in a station buffet, where two strangers meet. When Laura gets a piece of grit in her eye, there is a doctor on hand to help her out…

But there is a cast of ten in this production, for the life of the station swirls on around them, with the buffet manager, the waitress, the ticket inspector, the chocolate bar seller and two drunken soldiers getting on with their own lives and loves over the course of a year in 1936.

The audience will be able to sample the menu of the buffet (as interpreted by Shirley Wilkes) either before or after the show, when a supper is served for those who want it in The Brief Encounter Buffet (previously known as the Function Room).

The staging of the play will be imaginative, with the audience raked to give them an uninterrupted view of the performance.

Tickets are likely to be at a premium, and they go on sale at the Post Office from Tuesday 24th May, at £7 for the performance, and £6 for the buffet supper.

This is the Lympstone Players’ contribution to the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway line. Don’t miss the train!

Harland Walshaw