Wife After Death: Maida Vale actress keeps secrets in play


Wife After Death features Anna Head (left) Rodney van Groningen, Susan Meikle, Jacqui Warner, Andrew Govey and Maida Vale resident Sandro Sando.
Wife After Death features Anna Head (left) Rodney van Groningen, Susan Meikle, Jacqui Warner, Andrew Govey and Maida Vale resident Sandro Sando.

MAIDA Vale resident Sandra Sando will soon discover a secret life at a funeral is the cause of tempers and ashes to fly.

It is all part of Serial Productions’ latest show Wife After Death, written by Eric Chappell and directed by Rob Warner.

Set at the funeral of successful television comedian Dave Thursby, his friends and family soon discover they know less about him than they imagined.

A series of revelations uncover some home truths while everyone tries to keep up appearances for the sake of his widow, and then an unexpected and unexplained mourner arrives.

Playwright Eric Chappell is an English comedy writer, who wrote several of the UK’s biggest sitcom hits in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, including The Squirrels, Rising Damp and Only When I Laugh.

Sando plays Kay, the unknown arrival.

“No one knows who this woman is and she has the gall to ask to ‘take a peep’ at the corpse,” she said.

“She’s about to set a cat among the pigeons and enjoys doing just that.”

Acting for almost 30 years, Sando has performed extensively with KADS Theatre and appeared with Garrick and Marloo Theatres.

She was named best actress at the South West Drama Festival and Dramafest for her role in Holly and Ivy, a show she also appeared in at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe.

“With Wife After Death, I was invited by Serial Productions to join the cast,” Sando said.

“On reading the very funny script, I loved the pivotal part my character has in the play; it seems she has the upper hand.”

Director Rob Warner said he also loved the script.

“I thought it was very clever and funny,” he said.

“I also liked the fact it was a small cast and quite easy to stage.”

Wife After Death plays at 8pm until September 9 with a 2pm matinee on September 3 at the Old Mill Theatre in South Perth.

To book, visit www.trybooking.com/QMCH.

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