Hi-De-Hi – Louth Playgoers – Riverhead Theater

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Between Monday 12th and Saturday 17th March Louth Playgoers, at The Riverhead Theatre went back to the 1980’s, the height of TV sit-coms, not that I can remember (much!).  Hi-De-Hi was one of those shows where you got to know and love the characters, so it was with great delight that all of those wonderful stars were brought back to life by Louth Playgoers, and took us back to a time of fun and frolics on the stage.

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The show was based on the popular TV series by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and won a BAFTA as best comedy series in 1984.  For those too young to remember, and didn’t get chance to see the show at Louth, it was based around the lives of the entertainers at a fictional holiday camp, Maplins, in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s;  The ‘Yellow Coats’ were a group of  either struggling wannabe actors, or washed up has-beens.

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From the moment the cast appeared on stage, I had great fun putting the new faces to the well known names. One of the lead roles, the infamous Gladys Pugh was played by Teresa Appleton who mastered her Welsh accent beautifully; forever playing up to the boss, Jeffrey Fairbrother, brilliantly played by Andy De Renzi.

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A highlight for me had to be the Sand dance, a hilariously set dance piece by Pamela Whalley and Graham Turner, who played the couple, Yvonne and Barry Stuart Hargreaves;  Their onscreen chemistry worked a treat, a great piece of casting and even when they were joined by Ted Bovis, played by Ray Baker, in a costume not leaving much to the imagination.  Ray delighted the audience with his garish suit and larger than life character.

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The audience would never have realised that the role of Peggy Ollerenshaw, originally played by Su Pollard in the TV series, only stepped into the role at short notice when the original actress fell ill.  She did a great job, and obviously threw herself into the ditzy role of Peggy with great vigour, bringing to life that wonderful character on to the stage.  It was great to see that Su Pollard visited Louth a few days before the production to visit the Theatre, and NT Shaw of Louth, the Proud Sponsors of Louth Playgoers Hi-De-Hi, and had some photos taken with the cast.

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The whole show was great fun, and all the cast worked together to keep the audience entertained throughout.  The set was very well put together, it looked great, and I loved the clever use of the doors and overall staging. Thanks and well done to those responsible for costumes, plus the backstage crew and lighting and sound.  Director Sue Soper and Producer, John Hallam – a great job; it was a brilliant night out that kept the audience laughing from start to finish.

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Goodnight Mr Tom – Louth Playgoers Production

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I only have a vague recollection of Michelle Magorian’s children’s novel Goodnight Mr Tom from watching the film and TV series some years ago, but I do remember it being a wonderful story with sad, yet powerful moments.  Set in a little village in 1941 we see children evacuated from London.  A completely different life for some, and especially for  the little boy in ‘Mr Tom’s’ care.  The audience were taken through the transition of William to life in the country; his visit back to his difficult home in London with his negligent mother, and back to the country.  Poor little William had a lot to contend with in his short life, and things didn’t get much better when he went through further losses when back in the village.

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In my opinion Louth Playgoers have a great track record of putting on productions that audiences want to see, and this play was no exception;  they performed to nearly sell out audiences every night and justifiably so as the whole show was professional, entertaining, engaging and dramatic.  I went on the second night, Wednesday 6th December, with a few friends and family, and every one of us thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

The cast overall were brilliant and worked together really well, but I want to mention just a few individuals; I thought Tom Oakley ‘Mr Tom’, played by John Elliot was totally believable and gave a compelling performance, emotional, heartfelt and engaging.  William Beech, the young evacuee was played wonderfully by Robert Husband, I totally felt for him all the way through; he showed timidity, the difficult circumstances he’d come from and his difficult background could really be seen in how he portrayed that character.  Another standout performance for me was the role of Zacharius Wrench, played by Ben Jones.  I did hear after the show that this was Ben’s first ever performance so I can’t wait to see what he does next.  His character, exuberance and larger than life personality really shone out in every scene.

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Congratulations to the whole cast, you could feel the emotion, through both the happy and the more difficult to watch scenes and most of the audience left with more that a little tear in their eyes.

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This is the first production that Daniel Wakefield has Directed at the Riverhead Theatre; Daniel said in the programme “it was daunting… there was 18 different locations to change throughout the show”; he said he wanted to keep the set simple without the need for major set changes.  This worked really well as the set was indeed simple, but with a few changes here and there, transformed very cleverly from one location to another, keeping the story and the dialogue moving throughout. Two other elements were also brought into the show that I enjoyed; puppetry and projection; the snippets of film really transported the audience back to the time of the story; my mum certainly enjoyed re-living some of the experiences of her childhood during the second world war as she watched with me.  And although I enjoyed the puppet dog, which also worked really well, the audiences laughter as they reacted to the dog in certain emotional moments was a little distracting and a bit unnecessary.

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Well done also to the backstage crew including wardrobe and set design and build and the sound and lighting crew.  A brilliant job; and another well done to Daniel Wakefield, Director (also responsible for designing and operating the lighting)  and Laura Martin, Assistant Director.  I’ll look forward to seeing some more future performances!

To see other up coming performances at Louth Riverhead Theatre please look at their website https://louthriverheadtheatre.com for ‘What’s on’

 

Review – Confusions – JamJar Productions – Louth Riverhead Theatre

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From the same company that brought ‘Two‘ and ‘Sleuth’ in previous years, it was an absolute delight to watch Jamjar Productions portrayal of Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Confusions’. I was intrigued when I first heard it had been chosen as the next show as I thoroughly enjoyed the previous production.

The production is a series of 5 plays, with 20 characters played by just 5 actors.  The links between the plays were clever and funny and the wide range of characters between the individual plays was very diverse.  I really enjoyed comparing some of the characters to ‘real life’ people I had met in the past!

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Mother Figure, ‘Lucy’, played by Sophie Grundy-Holmes, gave us a wonderful insight into motherhood, and the strains on relationships where one partner is often away… Holly Mapletoft and Matt Sargent played what I couldn’t work out to be either nosy or concerned neighbours ‘Rosemary’ and ‘Terry’;  all 3 characters worked together well, and it was interesting to see the change in characters as the scene played on, with the dominant moving from one actor to another!

In the second play, we get to meet Lucy’s husband ‘Harry’, brilliantly played by Jamie Harris;  a travelling salesman who has a bit too keen an eye on the ladies, Paula and Bernice (Sophie and Holly), fuelled with a few too many whiskies, helped along by waiter Darren Melton!  Drinking Companion is a very clever insight into the world of business travellers (some of them anyway!).

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The third play, Between Mouthfulls, is a hilarious look at a ‘romantic’ night in a cosy restaurant where two couples are out for dinner.  I loved the way the clever use of silence brought the audience attention from one couple to another; the scene was brilliantly portrayed, and the fabulous props and set team should also get a special mention, well done Pat and Alan Fisher, and Rob and Holly Mapletoft. The waiter, played once again by Darren Melton, certainly deserved his feet up moment at the end of that play after the twist in events!

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I think the fourth play, Gosforth’s Fete had to be my favourite.  Matt Sargent showed yet another completely different character, he has a fantastic ability to transform, not only his voice, but his facial expressions.  We also saw another side to the brilliant talents of Jamie Harris, playing the village vicar…  I’m not going to say too much, but I saw a side of Jamie I’d never seen before, and his whole portrayal of that character was exceptional!  I don’t think I’ve laughed so much for a long time!

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Holly, playing ‘Mrs Pearce’ the special guest of the Fete, looked like she had great fun playing that part, from being pulled around by Mr Gosforth, to getting lost in the fields…  an absolute riot from beginning to end.

Finally, Talk in the Park, the fifth play, was very simply set on 4 park benches; and consisted just of dialogue, which throughout all 5 plays was word perfect.  It showed just how awkward it can be when strangers start talking to each other…  some difficult yet entertaining dialogue, and definitely thought provoking.

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Well done to all the cast and crew for a very entertaining evening.  Once of the best and funniest shows I’ve seen at Louth Riverhead Theatre and congratulations to the Director, Rob Mapletoft  and Producer, Jamie Harris.

The Director, Rob, says of the show:

I first saw Confusions at Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Stephen Joseph Theatre’ in Scarborough a number of years ago…

…I enjoy trying to push the drama out to the audience, making them feel part of the action, so apologies in advance to those of you in the front row!

I find ‘Confusions’ intriguing, Ayckbourn finds the dramatic in the hum-drum everyday parts of life, and pushes unlikely characters together in uncomfortable situations.  Each character may be very different from the next, but they all share similarities and insecurities.

I also like the structure – five short interconnected stories that give a taste of very different lives.  Each character with their own motive.  Could be confusing?!

The show is on for just one more night, Saturday 4th November, and there are surprisingly still some tickets left.  If you have a free evening, I urge you to get your tickets now and go and enjoy a great evening of fun!

Click here for your tickets at £10 or £9 for concessions or call:

Telephone: 01507 600350
The Box Office is open for advanced booking every Monday to Saturday from 10.00am – 1.00pm.

The Riverhead Theatre
Victoria Road
Louth
LN11 0BX

 

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Louth Playgoers

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My first show of the new season, 11th – 16th September 2017 sees the current Louth Playgoers Production, written by Jim Cartwright, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.  I knew the film fairly well so was interested to see how the Director, Jeremy Smith and the Producer, Jamie Harris translated this story onto the stage and brought to life the funny yet sad story to the stage.

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The play tells the story of a shy, reclusive girl named Little Voice and her larger than life, out of control mother Mari.

Desperately missing her dead father, Little Voice spends her time locked in her bedroom listening to his old record collection and perfecting astonishing impersonations of famous divas including Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield.

When Mari starts dating small-time club agent Ray Say, she thinks he’s her last chance for a better life. When Ray Say hears Little Voice sing, he thinks she’s his ticket to the big time. Little Voice just wants a normal life and to be loved. Not everyone is going to get what they want

I actually can’t believe its 25 years since the film was made with Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Jane Horrocks, and was delighted to see that the play had its own particular quirks and nuances that added a brilliant comedic effect; definitely not a copycat version of the film despite still only having 7 cast members.

Helen Crawshaw played ‘Little Voice’ and I was really impressed by her impersonations and her portrayal of shyness in the beginning and her transformation on the stage when she eventually found herself (which brought a tear to my eye); it was really well done.

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Laura Martin, who played ‘Mari Hoff’ was very funny and utterly believable as the drunken, uncaring mother, delivering her lines with clarity and great comedy and her sidekick, Yvonne Bates who played ‘Sadie May’ made a brilliant pair; their MJ disco moves were fab.  I really relished the ‘vacant, vacuum and void’ look of Sadie, what a character.  Her little personal ‘gems’ totally grossed me out if I’m honest (in a good way), but added fabulous detail to an already brilliantly played character.  I’m just glad I wasn’t the one clearing up after her!  Very well done, I can’t say you were born to play that part Yvonne but I bet that was fun.

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Derek Maher obviously had a few fans in the audience on Tuesday evening as he played ‘Ray Say’; I loved the way his character changed from Mari’s lustful lover, to showing empathy and being manipulative in equal measures with Little Voice and then turning completely, by totally humiliating Mari; he moved from one Ray to another with believable ease despite some scenes being a bit uncomfortable to watch.

It was a wonderful performance by Jack Lovett in his third venture into a dramatic role as ‘Billy’ the telephone engineer’s assistant, and love interest of Little Voice.  His ability to show sensitivity and understanding to Little Voice’s concerns and helping her to overcome them came across beautifully.  I loved the way the audience could see his emotions without him having to say a word… a complete change from other roles I’ve seen Jack play previously.

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I loved the way the set was built, and the attention to detail was very clever; I did wonder how the transition to the club scenes were going to happen with the size of the set but it was very well done (the set was Designed by Eric Cahill and Brian Disbrowe)!  I also loved the use of lighting, to highlight the different elements of the stage and set, and the changes between scenes.  It all added a great atmosphere and made the audience feel they were there in the moment, especially in the ‘club’ scenes which were very cleverly thought out and Billy’s ‘lights’ at the end.  Well done also to Gareth Bates who played a delightfully cheesy ‘Mr Boo’; I don’t think I was the only member of the audience who felt that they had gone into the wrong theatre for Act 2; the ‘Phoenix Nights’ vibe was very funny!  It was good to have live musical accompaniment too from Matthew Jeffery  on piano and Stuart Spendlow on Drums (is that really your accent Stuart?).  I must also mention the ‘Phone Man’ Andrew Milsom, he played a dual role the ‘Showbiz Agent’ looking to take ‘Little Voice’ to greater things.

The Director was Jeremy Smith who has been with Louth Playgoers for six years;  the Producer was Jamie Harris, a familiar name at Louth Playgoers, directing, producing, singing, acting and even designing lights in many productions, as well as forming his own theatre company, JAM JAR PRODUCTIONS, who are currently rehearsing for their next production, ‘Confusions’ by Alan Ayckbourn to be performed at the Riverhead Theatre in November.

Well done to the whole cast and crew; a fabulous production that I urge anyone who can make it this week before the end of the run to take the time and book your ticket, you truly won’t be disappointed.  The show runs from 11th to 16th September and tickets can be purchased from Louth Riverhead Theatre Box Office or by visiting Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth, LN11 0BX or by Telephone: 01507 600350, prices range from £4 to £8.50.
The Box Office is open for advanced booking every Monday to Saturday from 10.00am – 1.00pm.

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“The Lady in the Van” – A Louth Playgoers Riverhead Theatre Production

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When I saw that Louth Playgoers were putting on a production of “The Lady in the Van” I was really pleased to see something a bit different to the usual performances that seem to come up in local theatres.  I’d seen the film with Dame Maggie Smith last year, and loved the story, so was very interested to see how this would work in theatre.  Would there be an actual van on stage?  How would the sets work?  Well I wasn’t disappointed!

The production, Written by Alan Bennett and Directed by Susan Hewer, worked really well on stage. The set design, by John Hollingsworth was very well thought out, the little windows in Alan Bennett’s office in Camden, the garden fence (ivy included), the gate, the houses across the street, all added to the feeling of looking in on a private driveway, people watching.

Susan Hewer, in the Director’s Notes in the programme, says ‘The play is both funny and sad, provocative and uplifting, being a blend of unbelievable truths as we are drawn into Miss Shepherd’s world of experiences”  She’s right, and with the addition of the dual roles of Alan Bennett, (dressed identically, with the same mannerisms and accents) really had us drawn into his life, his feelings towards his own mam, and the way he felt about Miss Shepherd.

From the moment Linda Goodman Powell, who played Miss Shepherd, shuffled on stage in her untidy mac and Nora Batty stockings, I knew we were going to have a few laughs…  She brought ‘Miss Shepherd’ to life in her own way; beautifully portrayed mannerisms, wonderful facial expressions and brilliant accent, bouncing off both Alan Bennett’s in humour and in her own cantankerous way.  The Alan Bennett’s were played by Andy De Renzi (Alan Bennett 1) and Derek Le Page (Alan Bennett 2).  Both Alan’s did extremely well, bringing their own portrayal of either the physical or the psychological characters to life;  and considering all three main parts had seemingly hours of dialogue, monologues and soliloquies, it’s no wonder they had to receive some cue’s from the prompter (Christine Raithby) from time to time.

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I enjoyed seeing a few familiar faces on stage from previous Louth Playgoers performances, including Rufus, the neighbour played by James Burgess;  who along with his stage wife, Pauline, played by Laura Martin, really highlighted the difficulties people must have experienced when faced with this type of situation.

Alan Bennett’s mam, played by Pamela Whalley, portrayed the mam beautifully, initially a happy, caring mother, but later, more reserved and worried; she really did show the different characteristics.

I really loved the way the sound and lighting designers and operators manipulated the lighting between scenes.  The programme tells us the music in the production was from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, op. 90, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, op. 78 and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor, the Kyrie and the Gloria.  The rest of the music had been special composed by Mark-Anthony Turnage which really added a special something to the performances.

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I can’t mention everyone who was involved, but the rest of the cast did really well, especially those playing multiple roles.  Special mention must also go to the Stage Manager (and controller of The Van! – Tony Blackmore – wow ‘The Van’s’… red, and ‘crushed mimosa’ and even the mop head brush!).  Also need to say really well done for the set build, taking the set designs and making them a reality, Alan Fisher and Team.  The costumes and props also need to be highlighted; Ashley Stevens and John Hallam were responsible for the props and Barbara Vickers, Fern Garland and Pat Fisher for the costumes.  There were a few characters with a variety of costumes but Miss Shepherd’s range of outfits were brilliant…  I loved the whole look, the hats, the bags, the carriers, just her look – it was genius, well done!

Thanks for a good night out, and in the words of the lady I met at the bar before the show started who had never been to the Riverhead Theatre before, “What a beautiful theatre, and a wonderful variety of shows, we should come more often, we only live round the corner”.

There are tickets still available for tonight (Friday 14th April) and tomorrow (Saturday 15th April) so if you can, go along and support, it’s a fabulous story!

Click Here for tickets and more information on other shows coming up!

Thanks to Lesley Jane Mitchell and Jack Lovett for the photographs.

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Review ‘Two’ – JamJar Productions – Louth

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I had no choice tonight but to come straight home from Louth, after watching the performance of ‘Two’ by JamJar Productions with my friend Dawn and write this review.  The show tonight had sold out and I believe right now there are a very limited number of seats available for the final 2 shows for tomorrow, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February.  Both shows deserve to sell out and if I didn’t want as many people to watch the show as possible I’d be buying another ticket myself and going to see the play again.

When I wrote the ‘preview’ on 20th January (Preview – ‘Two’ – JamJar productions – Louth) I wrote about an ‘intimate’ performance, but never really having seen a show like this before I didn’t know what to expect…  well quite honestly, this was nothing like I might have even dreamt I was expecting.  From the moment Dawn and I walked into the small, upstairs theatre, The Studio, in Riverhead Theatre Louth, we knew that we’d definitely feel a part of the show.  With only 2 performers in the show, my head was definitely tricked into feeling there were more people coming on and off set throughout.

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Our seats were right in the middle of the front row, which meant our feet were actually on the stage, right up close to the ‘set’ which was a traditional lounge bar, set with bar, tables, chairs, stools and beermats…  it was sparsely furnished with no sign of any glasses, bottles, beer pumps or ash trays, but actually that didn’t matter, it was all about the ‘people’.  From the time the lights came on indicating the start of the evening shift, until last orders were called and the lights turned out, we were part of the pub, the audience were in the pub, doing exactly what people do, watch the banter, look at characters and do what I personally love to do the most… ‘People Watch’.

For those of you reading this that are yet to see the show, obviously I don’t want to give too much away, but want to tell you enough to encourage you to take the plunge and buy one of those precious few tickets that might be left by the time you read this…  Trust me, nothing I’ve written here will detract from the experience you’ll get being part of the audience for this intimate production!

As the pub opens it’s doors for the evening, we are introduced to the landlord and landlady…  for those of you who have spent time in your ‘local’ (and I did for many years in South London where I worked as a bar maid for a good number of years) you’d recognise the pair behind the bar with their bickering and banter…  I think it can be quite typical behaviour when two people are faced with spending so much time together in such close proximity.  They are the only constant throughout the show, and as they leave the set to stock up on crisps, or the odd barrel replacement, new characters enter through the doors.

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We then see the old woman in her shawl, enjoying a bit of respite from her loneliness and a little evening tipple; then the fabulous, eccentric, loud and confident ‘Moth’ made an entrance… I have known quite a few ‘Moth’s’ in my time and I’m sure a few of the ladies in the audience have too!  When his beloved ‘Maudie’ comes in and catches him in the act, flirting with anyone and everyone (literally), she has a few harsh words, but following his compelling, energetic ‘Saturday Night Fever’ moves and some excuses, which she’s obviously heard before, Maudie softens, and persuades him that they may have a future after all!  Some brilliantly written, wonderfully hilarious and heart warming moments that had the audience laughing out loud and really relating to people they know or have known in the past!

We were brought down to a more sober level with the entrance of the old man…  he obviously missed his deceased wife terribly and came to ‘the pub’ to relive some old memories of being with her.  Although a slightly more sombre section, the audience felt a level of sensitivity towards him but I’m not sure if it was just me, but I’ll never look at a ‘brown teapot’ in the same light…

In between banter between Landlord and Landlady, Mrs Iger’s arrived and we had a few minutes to really get inside her personality;  loud, arrogant, bossy and obviously domineering, the complexity of her character became even more apparent as Mr Iger joined her… talk about chalk and cheese, Mr Iger being very timid and obviously weak willed but totally doting on his overbearing wife… quite a complex couple I would say and although very funny in places, a certain amount of empathy must have been felt by the whole audience towards Mr Iger.

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Following a short interval, we then met Lesley and Roy…  it was fascinating that we were privileged as an audience, to be privy to such private and intimate conversations that we wouldn’t normally hear.  Although you can generally read body language across a room, to hear what is being said so clearly, whilst knowing what is being said should be very private, was a very difficult scene to watch.  The emotional rollercoaster was up and down like the ‘Big One’ at Blackpool and once again we were plunged downwards into a chasm of darkness by a couple with very obvious problems that you wonder how and where they will both end up.

Fred and Alice changed things up again as they ‘turned on the TV’ and sat discussing the programme;  Alice was obviously losing her marbles a bit but they definitely enjoyed each others company and made each other laugh…’Fat Fat Palomino’!

Then came ‘the other woman’, desperately wanting to be seen and caught out, but trying to keep a low profile…

Finally, after helping a little lost boy who had been left outside with pop and crisps, we are left once again with Landlord and Landlady…  last orders taken, glasses cleared (no not the ones on my face!), and Landlady finally takes the opportunity to tell Landlord exactly how she’s feeling.  It’s totally unexpected, tempers flare, emotions bubble to the surface, and we finally get to see the real reasons behind their behaviours…

Personally by the end of the show I felt like I’d been put through an emotional wringer – washed out and hung out to dry…  we were built up then knocked down several times, we saw characters emerge, tempers, friendships, despair, horror and some love, but most of all we saw people, we saw characters.

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My utmost respect and congratulations to the ‘Two’ – Sophie Grundy and Jamie Harris; talking to Sophie very briefly afterwards she said one of the most difficult things for her in the show was to keep changing from one accent to another, especially Liverpool;  we heard Yorkshire, London, Liverpool and others in between, all perfectly believable from both Jamie and Sophie!  With limited costume changes, mainly using accessories to distinguish a new/different character, we completely relied on the voices and the characteristics to identify each pub goer.  I was in awe of the performance as a whole, to watch a show with only 2 in the cast, but actually see a pub full of people, with 14 characters, and constant dialogue, and with such varying emotions, was a massive achievement, so again, well done to both of you!

I’d also like to mention the rest of the team;  Directors – Rob Mapletoft and Holly Mapletoft, Roy Hobson for the lighting design, Rob Mapletoft again for operating the lighting and Holly Mapletoft for Sound Design and Operation.  The poster used here and in my preview was designed by Jerry Smith.   An additional thank you is also given to the ‘local’ Woolpack, Louth for the loan of the furniture (and also for our delicious pre-theatre meal tonight).  Matt Sargent and Nick Kendall were also given thanks for performance advice and sound support respectively.

I also want to personally thank Hugh Poths…  the very distinguished gentleman in the immaculate tuxedo, welcoming guests as they entered the theatre…  He obviously recognised my name when I went to pick up my tickets as the ‘Review Writer’ and was very complimentary about my blog/review writing.  Thank you Hugh, if my reviews get just one more person to buy a ticket for a show then I’m happy – it’s all about promoting the brilliance of amateur theatre and I love doing it!

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In the programme Director, Rob Mapletoft said:

“It’s been a joy to work with Jamie and Sophie (and of course my wife Holly, on ‘Two’.  I must confess I’d never heard of the play, but once I’d given it a good read, I relished the challenge.  Two actors, 14 characters, a range of ages and potentially an audience of 270! So no pressure then…

I love how the play works on a number of levels.  Superficially how all of the characters put on a public face – they are all in a pub after all – but scratch the surface and each character shows a number of hidden depths, each with their own anxieties, issues and concerns.

We have opted for a minimal set for a number of reasons.  The time and cost factor was a part of it, but mostly we wanted an uncluttered back drop, thus allowing you to fully immerse yourselves into the skewed realities the characters offer.  The dialogue and relationships are key here, not the fanciness of set and props.

So pull up a stood, refresh your pint, and sit back and enjoy.  We really hope you enjoy the show, and leave feeling refreshed and yet reflective.”

 

The Company – JamJar Productions

JamJar Productions was set up in September 2015 by Louth based director and actor Jamie Harris.  It’s main ethos is to produce and perform plays for small casts that are not often seen on the local stage.  The first production, in collaboration with Hambledon Productions, was in July 2016 and it was the Anthony Shaffer classic ‘Sleuth’.  It enjoyed sell out success and was praised by audiences, which then lead the way to tonight’s performance of Jim Cartwright’s ‘Two’.  Vastly different shows, but sharing two things in common for which JamJar strives… great scripts, and small casts.  Plans are already in place for JamJar’s third production, which will be brought to the Riverhead Theatre in Late 2017 or early 2018.  Watch this space!

‘Two’ is running from 9th-11th February 2016 at 7.30pm.  Adults £9, Under 18 £7

Box Office Telephone: 01507 600350 or go to Louth Playgoers