Fuddy Meers

Date 13th March 2024
Society Wick Theatre Company
Venue The Barn Theatre, Southwick
Type of Production Play
Director Jacqueline Harper
Producer Tony Brownings

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Author: Kay Rowan

Fuddy Meers - Based on the play by David Lindsay Abaire. A fascinating play full of incomprehensible speech, even more incomprehensible actions, various levels of understanding with so many interwoven descriptions of events.  Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One morning she is abducted by a limping, lisping man who claims her husband wants to kill her. His friend has a glove puppet with which he communicates frequently in language that is shocking.  Nothing and no one are what you initially think is the truth.

The set was multi-functional and utilised two levels.  From Claire’s bedroom to the kitchen of her mother, Gertie.  The mobile cars and their journeys were very effective particularly the glaring headlights.  The cellar including the workshop was set in front of the stage and was very well kitted out with all the detritus you find in such places.  Well done the props people.  This is always one of the strengths of Wick Theatre Company.  Creative, effective and efficient throughout as one has come to expect.  With a play set in America at the turn of the century it is always easy to forget the nuances of each period.  Not this team.  Typical zip up cardigans and leather jackets maintained the illusion of the time.

To quote “A sinister and zany comedic romp with a dark domestic drama at its heart, Fuddy Meers illustrates a world in which nothing is as it seems, hardly anyone can be understood, and trusting the wrong person can get you locked in the basement with a foul-mouthed sock puppet, hit over the head with a frying pan, or hauled over the Canadian border.”  Well, that was what I was expecting, and I must confess I was a little apprehensive, but I loved it from start to finish. - the humour, the rapport of the cast, the sensitivity……  In order to achieve the consistent high level of emotion and standard of performance the cast must have worked exceedingly hard.  There wasn’t a single weak link everyone performed their part with consummate professionalism.  Great credit should be attached to director, Jacqueline Harper, who very bravely took on this complex play for her directorial debut.

Quality performances are the norm with this very talented society who are always prepared to tackle the unusual with great enthusiasm.

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