A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Durham

Date 14th July 2018
Society Westovian Theatre Society
Venue Pier Pavillion, South Shields
Type of Production Play
Director Jim Barton


Author: Foster Johnson

Cleverly written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood this Comedy tells the tale of the pilgrimage of the Lindisfarne Gospels from their inception through the portals of various historical periods up to the modern era. In doing so it takes a comical bird’s eye view at the North East’s history and that of further afield. It is told through the eyes of Bill a struggling Author, his partner Gemma and the ghostly apparition of Cuthbert himself.

Whilst not a belly buster of uproarious laughter, nevertheless, it was highly entertaining as the comedy was full of subtle humour, nice touches and clever interplay between the cast of three, Added to this were a number of quick changes that kept the cast on their toes throughout the show.

Playing a multiplicity of characters (39 in all) is an extremely daunting task and I take off my proverbial hat to Declan Marshall as Bill, Hannah Potter as Gemma and David Foster as Cuthbert for the tremendous amount of hard work they put into the roles and for the fine performances they delivered, with the interpretation of each character being unique to that role.

Bringing this altogether and ensuring that the authenticity of the Script was not diminished fell to Director Jim Barton, and he did a fine job also which was supplemented by clever stage and set design, sound and lighting.