GRIEVING widows Lucille, Ida and Doris visit their husbands’ graves once a month.
They are the Cemetery Club, where “half the members are dead”.
The Huddersfield Thespians put on an excellent performance last night of Ivan Menchell’s 1990 play based on the friendship between three women - sensible Ida (Moyra Miller) mournful Doris (Norma Featherstone) and man-eater Lucille (Christine Davies).
The Cemetery Club is a gentle comedy about love, friendship and ageing, with a passing resemblance to the 1980s US sitcom The Golden Girls.
At the cemetery the three women argue about whether they should continue to visit their husbands’ graves or get on with their lives.
But when widower Sam (Kenneth Greenwood) arrives to pay his respects to his late wife, he turns some heads.
As the women compete for his affections they are exposed to the kind of dating humiliations which are usually reserved for teenagers rather than pensioners.
Then it’s off to their friend Selma’s wedding - they’ve lost count of how many husbands she’s had - and the three women dress up as the oldest bridesmaids you’re ever likely to see.
The production was well-received last night with the intimate play working well in the tight confines of the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Syngenta Cellar.
The Cemetery Club is directed by Keith Royston and performances continue tonight running all week until Saturday (at 7.45pm) with a matinee on Saturday at 2pm.