Up Pompeii

Date 3rd October 2012
Society St Johns Players
Venue Swan Theatre, Worcester
Type of Production Play
Director Christine King
Musical Director NA
Choreographer NA

Report

Author: Trevor Guest

From a play by Miles Tredinnick, which was subsequently turned into the successful TV series, this performance was as laugh-a-minute as one would expect of a script full of sexual innuendo, corny gags and campness. It brought back happy memories of the TV series and left not a lot to the imagination. The audience’s uproarious laughter right from the start was continued to the final curtain at the antics of the cast who were all excellent. Lurcio (Paul Hughes) in the Frankie Howard role was perfect for the part and could have been Frankies stand in, so good was he. Every cast member threw themselves (some literally) into their roles and even though almost pornographic at times, it was so hilarious that even the politically correct and straight laced brigades would have found it very difficult not to laugh. The players were quite brave to tackle some of the more physical and sexy roles, but the audience loved every minute of it and so did I. The set was excellent as were costumes, lighting and sound and it’s a pity that a larger audience was not there to enjoy this great night out.