Hi-de-Hi!

Date 13th July 2017
Society Retford Little Theatre
Venue Retford Little Theatre
Type of Production Play
Director Frank Stamp

Report

Author: Peter Breach

To Retford Little Theatre to see “Hi –De-Hi”, a play adapted for the stage from some of the early programmes shown on BBC television during the 1980’s. The weather might be a bit chilly but these campers have strong constitutions and don’t ask for a lot, do they?  I mean just look at some of the staff! That chap who is supposed to be in charge of entertainment, Jefffrey Fairbrother ( Julian Roberts). Well I’m sure he’s alright but he seems frightened of his own shadow. I’d  watch it if I was him, or that Gladys Pugh (Charlotte-Louise Newton), the Chief Yellow coat , will be having his trousers off, you mark my words! Ted Bovis (Lloyd Hawkins), big feller with a check suit, he’ll take money off you as soon as look at you – he’s supposed to be the Camp Host. Spike Dixon ( Daniel Mitchell) is a kindly lad seeking an introduction to the world of show business. The other staff are either has been’s or won’t ever be’s. These include, Fred Quilly (Derek Green), a disqualified jockey; Yvonne and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves ,(Liz Williams and Peter Lindley) former ballroom champions; Mr Partridge (Barry Nicholls) now producing Punch and Judy shows and  Peggy Ollerenshaw (Donnamarie Stamp) an aspiring “Yellowcoat”.  The sets were well designed and constructed. Other costumes were appropriate in style and fitted well. The cast appeared comfortable in their respective roles and delivered their lines confidently. My congratulations to all involved in delivering this pleasurable entertainment.