Betty Blue Eyes

Date 12th March 2020
Society Concept Players
Venue Borough Theatre - Abergavenny
Type of Production Musical
Director Rhuairid Macleod-Lyon
Musical Director Christopher Fossey
Choreographer Richard Thomas
Producer Paul Buckle

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Author: Dee McIlroy

Utterly British 1940’s musical with a wealth of eccentric characters in a touching and hilarious tale of small town post war intrigue. Concept wowed the appreciative select audience following in Abergavenny, with their latest production Betty Blue Eyes. Never was a show elevated from very good to outstanding based on its choreography as in this production . Richard Thomas was Bob Fosse, with the most outstanding creative moves .. absolutely brilliant, with precision work by this polished cast enhanced by MD Christopher Fossey and his great swing Band. There were some very good performances from every principal and cast member, as we are used to with this talented company.

The strange odd couple worked so well together, the master of comedy timing, Paul Buckle as the evangelist chiropodist Gilbert Chivers, and his wife Joyce played brilliantly by Cat Bailie showing star quality on every move, they were a force together and Paul’s chiropody scene was a special highlight. Mr Wormold,  Kristian Zgorzelski, gave life to this character as the obsessive destroyer of illegal meat with brilliant timing. Other parts well played, Helen Windsor as Mother Dear and Lisa Grace as the skilled Puppeteer  of the cute pig Betty Blue Eyes who was raised illegally for the main course of a civic banquet to celebrate the Royal Wedding when all the rest of the town had spam.

Original story was written by Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray who created this hilarious and touching story.

Full of spivs bullies and snobs, a skillfully directed great night of comedy from Ruairidh MacLeod-Lyon and nostalgia for all.

Well done Concept.

Dee Mc Ilroy