Yeoman of the Guard

Date 9th November 2012
Society Battle Amateur Theatrical Society
Venue Battle Memorial Hall
Type of Production G & S
Director Lesley Moore
Musical Director Kenneth Roberts

Report

Author: Anne Lawson

Alternatively known as The Merryman and His Maid, set in the 16th Century at The Tower of London this is a G & S with a particularly complicated plot with much comedy, wonderful music, some terrific one-liners, and the inevitable love triangles. Charlotte Collins the lovesick Phoebe spun her thread beautifully, with good comedic passages opposite Tim Gordon as wide-eyed smitten, gaoler with sadistic tendencies, Wilfred Shadbolt. Imogen Willetts sang superbly as minstrel Elsie playing opposite the dashing Fairfax again in fine singing form. Group part harmonies were polished being accompanied by the Sussex Concert Orchestra under the baton of MD Ken Roberts. Adrian Collins performed a most athletic and amusing but finally love lost Jack Point, with Carolyn Bruce a very strong Carruthers capturing Sergeant Meryll, nicely portrayed by Richard Moore. Other cameo parts were also enjoyed. The team designed and constructed an open typical Tudor set with good effects, props and the rich costumes were full of Tudor elegance. Excellent headgear and footwear, not forgetting six resplendent looking red uniformed Yeoman - a most enthusiastic performance enjoyed by the full house.