St John Hankin is definitely one of those playwrights that the Shaw Festival has rescued from obscurity and we must all be grateful that they did so.
The Charity that Began at Home brings together the most awful collection of boring and obnoxious people for a country visit. Lady Denison (Fiona Reid at her best) has been convinced that it would be a great act of charity to invite the people no one else wants to have. The collection includes Jim Mezon as the retired general who never stops talking and cannot tell a story without a hundred diversions in thought; Neil Barclay as Mr Firket, Donna Belleville as Mrs Horrocks; Sherry Flett as Miss Triggs.
Laurie Paton is Mrs Eversleigh, the sister in law who arrives unexpectedly and is astonished to find the other guests in residence. She focuses her attention on her niece and encourages her to forget about charity and get married.