ERIC Chappell's perceptive comedy offers great entertainment, with an attractive, well constructed set, designed by Tina Ryan, and excellent cast of four, directed by Ruth Davies,.

Adrian Peace has a pivotal role as the discontented Henry Willows, whose winter evening relaxation with a glass of Scotch is disrupted by the arrival of his lively estranged son Matthew, (Ben Robinson) seeking refuge.

Matthew coaxes his shivering girlfriend Christine (Kimberley Evans) in through the patio door, and there is further confusion when his mother Sue (Susan Pearson) arrives on the scene. Sue is Henry's ex-wife, now in a less than ideal second marriage.

An eventful night ensues, with scant chance to sleep, and exit by unreliable car seeming out of the question.

Searching questions are considered; financial problems and solutions surface, and there are surprises in store.

Lighting is by Will Thomas; sound by Rob Edwards; Annie Harvey does a great job with wardrobe, hair and make-up.

The production, which won a warm response from the first night audience on Wednesday, is a worthy addition to this long-established amateur company's enviable record.

By Stella Taylor