Hi-de-Hi

Date 16th June 2016
Society Hilltop Theatre Company
Venue Pentyrch Village Hall, Cardiff
Director Susan Gambarini and Jan Stapleton
Choreographer Carla Gambarini

Report

Author: Sharon Davies

This was a first visit to this company and so nice to see a play, as I don’t get many chances to see a drama. I was warmly welcomed by a gentleman who said “ we’ve done some good stuff in the past, not sure about this one”, well all I can say is that he couldn’t have watched the production that I did, it was fast paced, funny and true enough to the series without it becoming a full on impression.

Gladys Pugh ( Linda Coombes) was perfect in the role and had all the mannerisms we have come to expect, Jeffrey Fairbrother ( Richard Jones) played a man well out of his comfort zone, and again a good performance. The enthusiasm of Peggy the chalet maid  ( Laura Hallas) shone through and her accent was  good and she kept it throughout.

I had heard that this is a very talented society, and that was certainly what I saw. The leads were well cast as were the smaller cameo parts. Ted Bovis ( Neil Davies) and SoikeDixon ( Joey Gilles) bounced off each other well, as did Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves ( Jane Sinclair and Neil Davies).

The set was well designed and functional and the lighting was “spot”on (sorry). I know its been a good show when the audience leave with smiling faces, and we all did.

Thank you so much for your kind invitation, I am looking forward to future productions.