An Anglo-French comedy
written and directed by Martin Vander Weyer
Welcome to Chez Henri, the kind of bar-restaurant-café you’ll find in every village in rural France. Chef-patron Henri (Charlie Grumbley) does the cooking while his wife Claudine (Michele Hopley) waits on the tables and keeps the show on the road. Their menu du jour offers a cheap but flavoursome lunch, a carafe of earthy red wine, and a daily social encounter for locals and tourists alike. Among the locals is British expat Paul (Martin Vander Weyer), a writer of detective thrillers who has gone thoroughly native. Among the passing tourists are Clive (John Lister) and Amanda (Liz Cox), a middle-aged couple whose motoring holiday is about to go horribly wrong…
This one-act, one-hour play — premiered at Helmsley Arts Centre in 2010 and subsequently performed in a variety of Yorkshire venues — offers a taste of la France profonde, a glimpse of the great Anglo-French cultural gulf, and an episode of pure comic anarchy!