Comedy Night - Red Hot Cinders - Last Tango In Little Grimley

Date 20th January 2023
Society Civic Hall Amateur Players Society - Conwy
Venue Memorial Hall, Llandudno Junction
Type of Production Farce
Director Sian Lewis and Jenny Phillips

Report

Author: Lyn Emmerson

This compilation of entertainment was just the tonic required to warm a person up, on a freezing evening in January. The society dished up a Potted Pantomime, an item of Musical and song, together with a One Act Comedy.

RED HOT CINDERS – Directed by Sian Lewis

This potted pantomime, written by Richard Tydeman, was all in rhyme and competently Compered by Geoff Skelhorn. The cast of twelve, which included Mice, Rats and Courtiers at the Ball, were well directed and used the space available to their advantage. Each principal portrayed their character with ease and even though the piece was quite short, the cast received many laughs from the receptive audience, appreciating the effort everyone had made. The costumes and wigs chosen were superb and quite lavish. I particularly liked the way the ‘Coach’ was constructed on stage.

This Cinderella story ended as usual, and was well worth the efforts made by the players

A selection of Music and Song followed by ‘David Cooper and Friends’. The quartet played popular musical items and even had assistance from the audience with singing, and a Country Dance in which six from the audience participated.

LAST TANGO IN LITTLE GRIMLEY - Directed by Jenny Phillips

Written by David Tristram, this one act comedy was believable, as the Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society were in trouble due to Members and audiences dwindling. At their AGM Gordon, the Chairperson came up with an idea. I will tell you no more, as you have to see this piece for yourselves. Martin Hill, as ‘Gordon’ the Chairperson, gave us an excellent portrayal of the loyal and influential Society member, whilst Margaret Norwood as ‘Joyce’ had just the correct intonation as the nervous Treasurer. Keith Wood demonstrated excellent stagecraft as ‘Bernard’ the frustrated Stage Manager and Set Builder. Completing the cast was Janet Davies who, as ‘Margaret’, wasn’t happy unless the principal role was in her hands. Set was adequate for an AGM and the play was very well received with plenty of laughs at the frustrations and arguments on stage, which I am sure many groups can identify with at their AGM. Great one act play well, directed and performed.

Thank you CHAPS, a most enjoyable evening. Congratulations to all concerned.

 

This is the opinion of the Reviewer.