Date 14th May 2013
Society Banbridge Musical Society
Venue Iveagh Movie Studio, Banbridge
Director Leonard Anderson
Musical Director Colin Loughead
Choreographer Leonard Anderson


Author: Sheelagh Hobart

This was a great choice for Banbridge’s 70th Anniversary.

The set was a clever combination of solid construction and authentic backdrops. Lighting effectively displayed the Set and Costumes – the latter, mostly sourced by cast, were excellent. Sound allowed every word to be heard, from opening chorus number onwards.

The ‘family’ was headed by Rosemary Kelly as a regal Duchess; perfectly catching the character and singing “Men of Hareford” particularly well. As Sir John, Ian Davidson’s comic gravitas was effective - his drunken scene with Bill very convincing. Gerard Kerr and Kate Adams (Lord and Lady Battersby) never stopped acting in character; so too Chris Gorman as Sir Jaspar. Paul Brown (Charles) portrayed the very essence of a 1940s butler and Eddie Orr was a convincing and eccentric Herbert Parchester - “The Family Solicitor” was particularly good. Ryan McCart played upper class twit, Gerald, with great energy and Lady Jacqueline was delightfully portrayed by Claire Costello, whose vocals were beautifully controlled. Jackie Matthews impressed as Mrs Brown. Lorraine Jackson-Brown made a appealing Sally Smith; singing, dancing and cockney accent all totally convincing (upstaged somewhat in “The Lambeth Walk” by her two children Daniel (5) and Isabella (3)dancing as Pearly King and Queen!) Finally, Anthony Fitzpatrick threw himself wholeheartedly and literally into the role of Bill Snibson. He appeared completely at ease as comedian, dancer and singer.

The show flowed well with good comedic interpretation under Director/ Choreographer, Leonard Anderson. Colin Loughead’s  9 piece orchestra, was controlled and sympathetic to those on stage.