Review by Pat Scott
This talented company promised an evening of comedy and supplied laughs galore.
‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’ was a delight, with tales of am-dram ups and downs, Jeremy Mills as Gordon showed terrific comic timing. He was complemented by lively Nikki Wilson (leading lady Margaret) and straight-laced Joyce – Denise King underplayed the part to perfection. David Pile as the stalwart who built the set for the company was ideal, adding even more humour to the action.
The short but sweet ‘Joining the Club’ featured two actors who are fairly new to Ferndown Drama but are definitely players to watch. Katie Walker was the perfect, newly pregnant Jenny, and was totally believable in her interpretation. Matching her was Tom, played with great depth and timing by Scott Bedwell, who finally presented the very modern young couple with a happy ending.
What a madcap romp ‘A Jolly Sinister Jape’ was, with posh accents, 1920s’ jargon, and a striking set with great special effects. Such comic genius from Mark Ward as Lord Stubbs who wasn’t what he seemed, while Biffy (Roy De La Mer) proved an equally amusing upper-crust fellow. Such a wonderful part for Dawn Hollington as Ophelia, she captured perfectly the character of the glamorous actress who also had secrets. Completing the quartet was Julie Gower as Fatty and she was a joy to watch, bringing many facets to the role and providing even more laughter to this hilarious comedy.
Director Karen Ward brought to the stage a trio of plays which would have graced the West End. Every one of the players excelled and the local theatre scene is fortunate to have such a wealth of talent.
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