Out of Focus

Date 4th June 2013
Society Skegness Playgoers
Venue Crazy Horse Saloon, Skegness Butlins
Type of Production play
Director Miriam Fisher

Report

Author: Anne Key-Huckerby

This was the Playgoers' entry in the 2013 Annual Skegness Play Festival. Peter Gordon's comedy features five ladies and four men.Through a misunderstanding they all meet up at the village hall only to discover that at least four different activities have been booked in at the same time. They decide to opt to rehearse for the pantomime which is to be directed by the vicar's wife, Evonne. There were clashes of personality, marital disharmony, a budding romance and signs of lack of confidence along with other issues to contend with. The script is very funny and needs plenty of pace, but there were rather a lot of prompts needed and slow uptake of cues which slowed the action down. All the members of the cast worked hard. Dvaid Fisher maintained his role as an enthusiastic slide-show specialist extremely well. Linda Adams and Paul Fisher portrayed the quarrelsome couple, Kath and Bob Enfield, remarkably well and Karen Revill was credible as Sue Dixon, a would-be badminton player. The set of the annex to the village hall was very good. The scene-changes depicting the passage of time were effected very easily by the village hall caretaker; a very nice touch. The lighting and sound effects were fine and the costumes were suitable. An interesting play.