The 2018-19 Season So Far
One Man Two Gov’nors started the season and gave the audience plenty to laugh about. Superbly directed by Christine Richardson. The cast of 12 gelled perfectly, delivering with panache the fantastic lines from Richard Bean’s bizarre plot, loosely based on an 18th Century Italian comedy. Nigel Pierce, as Francis Henshall, gave an energetic performance and was responsible for maintaining the play’s cracking pace. Steve Daniels as Charlie Clench was wonderful as the geezer-gangster, Kyle Newman as the twin of her brother murdered by her boyfriend, played by Daniel Shorley. Much humour came from the cameo performance of Mark Bodicoat as Alfie the waiter with a pacemaker, displaying his gifts for timing and comedy. Sarah parker as nice-but-dim Pauline Clench was an ideal foil for Alistair Beeson as her boyfriend, Alan Dangle, the would-be actor who was beautifully OTT. Lisa McLean as Dolly, Charlie’s book-keeper, clearly enjoying every minute as the tart-with-a-heart displaying wonderful body and facial language. Other cast members Wendy Lomas, Barbara Lloyd, Andrew Maltman and Rod Scribbins whose smaller contributions were equally as valuable. This great show has set a high standard for the season. Edited from a review in the Harborough Mail by Gordon Birch
The First Studio Production of the season presented Two of Alan Bennett’s dramatic monologues, Talking Heads, which were applauded enthusiastically by the capacity audiences. Kay Chapman gave an excellent rendering of the frustrated, alcoholic Vicar’s wife in A Bed Among the Lentils. Then in A Chip in the Sugar the part of the middle aged Graham, still dependent on his mother and threatened when she meets an old flame, was enthusiastically and ably portrayed by Mike Allan. Both witty monologues elicited plenty of laughter. Those attending left with smiles on their faces.
Teresa Quigley, as Suzy, gave a convincing and consistent performance with her faultless interpretation of a blind person, terrorized by a group of thugs searching for a doll stuffed with heroin (which accidentally arrived at her apartment). Suzy is not stupid and along with a schoolgirl neighbour, played successfully by Fearne Towson, she launches a counter plot against the thieves. Neil Lovegrove, Joe Goatley and Mark Aspland were all suitably menacing and manipulative as the sinister trio of thieves and con-men and murderers.