28th June 2019
Gosforth Village Hall
Type of Production
Author: Ed McGee
GOSFORTH AMATEUR DRAMA SOCIETY
LUCKY SODS by John Godber
Director Benita Finch
This was my first visit to the Gosforth Society, and I certainly hope it wont be the last. Lucky Sods was a very funny play, performed by a very competent and talented company.
The story tells the tale of Jean, played superbly by Director Benita Finch and Morris played by Andrew Turnbull married for twenty two years, and more than slightly fed up with each others company. They are both very keen on playing the National Lottery, and Morris is irate that Jean changes his lucky numbers, until, to cut a long story short, they have a mammoth life changing win. Their friends, Annie, played by Tina Wilson- Ferris and Norman played by Alec Whitwell are rather jealous of their good fortune, while Morris and Jean enjoy breaks in California and other exotic places, though neither can agree with each other about their holiday itinerary while they are away. On a very slightly negative note, I felt that Andrew’s delivery was rather quick, at the start, but I’ll put that down to first night nerves, because he grew into the part and was very convincing.
The lottery success led to a rift between Jean and Morris, and Jean went on to win three more lotteries, making her a multi millionairess. She bought a mansion complete with swimming pool, and was helped to run it by Norman, while Morris whiled away the time in Amsterdam with vamp Connie, played very convincingly by Paula Waite. This really was the story that a lottery win can be much more negative than positive to the recipients.
All other parts were well played, there wasn’t a weak link in the team Karen Polmear was a convincing disabled Morris Mammy, Caroline Jones was a convincing vicar, and Mary Wake played a delightful young waitress. All in all quite a formidable combination
I thought the set was very simple, and was worked very well by the stage crew. I particularly liked the cyc projections, which identified places where the plot was taking place. Lighting was good, and I felt the company deserved a much bigger audiences than was there on opening night. Very well done to the whole team, and best wishes for the rest of the run .
Ed McGee ( NODA North West 10 Rep)