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Farndale Avenue A Christmas Carol

Date

12th July 2012

Society

Horncastle Theatre Company

Venue

Lion Theatre, Horncastle

Type of Production

Play

Director

Penny Holland

Report

Author: Anne Key-Huckerby

You can always be sure there will be plenty of comedy in any of the Farndale Avenue farces and this one was well up to standard. All the members of the cast played their parts well and kept 'in character' all the time. Shirley Moffat was suitably imperious as Mrs Reece, the Townwomen's Guild's Chairman; Gail Hinkins [Thelma] played the part of Ebenezer Scrooge with vigour and fortitude; Jane Pow was Mercedes who had to multi-task several roles including that of Bob Cratchit; Kim Birchall was ideal as the rather nervous Felicity responsible for three roles and Yvonne Bates was Maureen with the important task of setting the various scenes. Gwyn Williams and Tommy Peckham played Gordon the dour Stage Manager and the local vicar respectively who were called upon to take on a number of small parts each. This type of comedy requires anything but a recognisable set, strange lighting and an indescribable sound system. The end result was hilariously funny with one ludicrous situation following rapidly after another. At a time when the weather has been most depressing this was a real tonic. Well done, everyone.