Review: Plays ‘n’ Chips - Broadstone Players, Broadstone Memorial Hall
Plays ‘n’ Chips - Broadstone Players, Broadstone Memorial Hall
THE concept of an evening of one act plays with fish and chips in the interval has always been a good one, providing a well-rounded evening of entertainment.
Still further, it is an opportunity for new members to - in some cases - step on the stage for the first time, alongside seasoned performers.
And this year, was in my opinion their best ever performance.
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Not only did the production team choose three excellent, and very different plays, the actors were well rehearsed and in no need of prompting.
Fumed Oak by Noel Coward, told the story of the dysfunctional Gow household.
New to the Players - but certainly not to the local am dram stage - was Tracey Nicholls, who got under the skin of the snivelling young Elsie. Steve Soutar, another newcomer is an actor they must hang on to, as his portrayal of the father in the first play and as the illicit lover in the third were quite exceptional.
Christina Smith as the moaning Doris and Jenny Hughes as the depressed mother-in-law completed the accomplished cast.
The second play - A Resounding Tinkle - was absurd, and yet hugely entertaining. Supposedly identical twins - with not only a difference in sex, but in ages too - and Uncle Ted, quite clearly a woman, all added up to delightful mayhem.
Well done to Rory Moncaster as Bro, and newcomers Caroline Burr as Middie and Diana Tozer as the Uncle.
Agatha Christie’s ‘The Rats’ completed the evening, with all four actors - Steve Soutar, Denise King, Mike Bicknell and Flic Carter, all newcomers.
With this injection of new talent, it is clear Broadstone Players can look forward to a good season.
Their next play is Run for your Wife from 19th to 23rd November.