The Vicar of Dibley

Date 2nd August 2014
Society Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society
Venue Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Type of Production Play
Director Kevan Fawkes

Report

Author: Peter Parlour

This was a superb performance of the very well-known T V Series.  The characterisations were very much like the T V and the entire cast were really excellently portrayed.  Geraldine, the vicar, was played by Ann Greer, and was a Dawn French double in every aspect. Her characterisation created the Dibley atmosphere throughout, and was indeed a great performance.  Gary Winn played the old Farmer Owen Newitt, and again portrayed the well-known T V character absolutely faultlessly. He was excellent in this outstanding performance.  Doug Clayton, as the Chairman,  David Horton, played his best part to date with Rads and his command over everybody was excellent. The  PCC  Secretary, Frank Pickle, was very well played by Martin Ash.  Another likable character, Jim Trott was again in the complete mould, with Gerry  Troughton portraying (no,no,no, yes) and he again was excellent.  Alice Tinker, the dippy maid, was very well portrayed by Lucy Owens, who took the part only three weeks before opening night. Her characterisation was excellent.  Hugo Horton, played by Jon Cunningham, was very well done indeed, being indeed the shy, unreserved son of the Chairman.  Moira  Mason, sat all night knitting, as the quiet PCC  member, Letitia Cropley, and her overall performance was excellent.  Richmond did a first class job in presenting this great laugh-a-minute play.  The split stage set, with the committee room at the back, the vicarage at the front, was ideal. The wedding scene was really excellent, everybody really dressed up, including Owen, with Letitia at the organ.  All was well until Julie Winn appeared but thankfully got to the wrong Church.

All the capacity audiences over the six nights would all go home with aching sides due to all the laughter. This was indeed a show never to be forgotten. Very well done RADS.