Off The Hook

Date 22nd May 2012
Society Skegness Playgoers
Venue Crazy Horse Saloon, Butlins, Skegness
Type of Production Play
Director David Fisher


Author: Anne Key-Huckerby

This was Skegness Playgoers' entry in the 2012 Skegness Play Festival. Derek Benfield's farce is extremely funny. All the cast suited their parts and entered into the spirit of the unlikely tale with enthusiasm. The action takes place in the lounge/bar of the Hook House Hotel. The proprietor, Major Catchpole , his sexy wife Norah and her glum sister Edna face untold problems with the guests, not to mention pigs that have escaped outside.Three rather shady characters have booked into the hotel. One has been 'sprung' by the others earlier that day. They are keen to find a stash of money that had been hidden there some time earlier. Added to these are the forthright Mrs Fletcher-Brewer and her amenable daughter Carol. Later we also meet Polly and her trucculent, rather deaf father, Mr Parkinson.

The set was extremely good when you consider the confines of the stage at this new venue.I feel it would have been better had the sound and lighting effects been in the capable hands of the Playgoers' member rather than the in house chap. Having said that, there was much to applaud in this production. The cast worked very well together with one unlikely situation following on from another. The result was a most entertaining light-hearted evening. Well done.