Date 29th April 2018
Society Civic Hall Amateur Players Society - Conwy
Venue Conwy
Director Janet Davies


Author: Lyn Emmerson

The dress rehearsal of this play within a play Victorian melodrama is going anything but smoothly, as we see Henry (playing Villain, Jasper Rotten, trying to direct the cast with feuds and accusations cropping up during the rehearsal amongst the cast. Martin Hill gave a solid performance as the frustrated director cum Villain of the piece, whilst Sue Rogers as Sandra (playing Nurse) gave him as good as she got when he was up to his old tricks. Jenny Phillips portrayed Kate (playing Lucy the Maidservant), was well cast in her role and there was a regal flavour to the contribution from Margaret Norwood, Anna (playing Lady Flawless, the elderly Aunt). Geoff Skelhorn was confident as Peter, (playing hero Victor Pureheart), and frustratingly prompting the onstage cast from the wings when he was not on stage. Good contribution from Donna Jones who gave us a believable Stephanie, (playing Nell the heroine) who had difficulty with lines. The set was adequate for the space available, props appropriate, and again costumes were of the period. The accolade the Company received from the audience made all their efforts worthwhile.

Music by CHAPS – Directed by David Cooper.

Although there was a cast of six in the play, Music by CHAPS catered for the remainder of the Company, after the interval. We were treated to Country and Western items and guitars were to the fore. There were three items from The Tenovus Folk and Country Music Group, and Mike Wise gave us a very polished Monologue. The performance concluded with a selection from ‘Oliver’ featuring David Tate as ‘Oliver’ and William Fraser as ‘The Artful Dodger’, both gave excellent performances – well done. They were supported by an enthusiastic chorus.

This was a lovely way to spend Sunday afternoon and I congratulate everyone who took part in The Play, and Music by CHAPS, together with a competent backstage crew and accompanist. Thank you once again for your invitation.