A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

Date 18th September 2015
Society The Florians Dramatic Society
Venue Florians Theatre, Inverness
Type of Production Musical
Director Fiona Grant
Musical Director Matthew Joerrett

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Author: Douglas J Clark

A Funny thing may have happened on the way to the Forum but an exceedingly hilarious evening was had by the audience as they witnessed the goings-on of Pseudolous and Hysterium, the slaves of the House of Senex, and their compatriots. Leonard King as Pseudolus gave an outstanding performance as the conniving and ever resourceful slave as did Jon King as the ever-worrying Hysterium - their reactions in the Funeral Sequence were priceless! Stephen Laurie and Alison Ozog as the young lovers Hero and Philia were well matched and their duet "Lovely" was indeed so. Eddie Docherty as the hen-pecked Senex gave a delightful comic perfomance. Steve Kelly as the warrior Captian Miles Glorious was truly impressive in stature and, with a voice to match, gave a glorious over-the-top performance. Strong support was given by Liz McLardy as Domina (Senex's domineering spouse), Brian Howlett as Lycus (procurer and seller of beautiful women!) and Julian McArdle as Erronius(ever searching for his kidnapped children). Singing by the principals and the chorus of beauties (of all shapes and sizes!), soldiers and townspeople was of a high standard - I particularly enjoyed "Everybody Ought To Have A Maid" sung by the characters Senex, Pseudolus, Hysterium and Lycus. With a simple box set, a small band of keyboards and flute and a hardworking and enthusiastic cast and production team, The Florians once again proved that "Comedy Tonight" is truly achievable. Well done!