Second Time Around

Date 20th November 2012
Society Retford Little Theatre
Venue Retford Little Theatre
Type of Production Play
Director David Cox

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Author: Anne Key-Huckerby

This was certainly an unusual comedy with just two actors depicting three very different other roles as well as themselves when twenty years younger. I am full of admiration for the hard work by Julian Roberts and Joan Young in learning all those lines and the apparent ease with which they managed to slip from one persona to another. Bernard and Marion enjoyed a brief fling back in 1978 and met by chance 22 years later. Clearly the attraction was still there. Their story was told in flashbacks where we also met Bernard's wife, his daughter and Marion's son. The set was ingeniously designed to depict various venues like a pub and Bernard's marital home in 1978 and both his flat and Marion's house in 2000. I have the utmost admiration for the props and backstage teams who constantly had to make subtle alterations as the scenes changed. They were extremely efficient. The lighting and sound effects were equally good, too. The outfits worn by the two actors had been sensibly chosen to ease the changes of character involving very different ages and life-styles. This was truly a remarkable production with which it would be difficult to find fault. Congratulations.