Film & Theatre, Reviews | Posted on February 23rd, 2024 | return to news



Some Mothers Do ‘Ave Em

Wimborne Drama Productions, Tivoli Theatre

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Review by Marilyn Barber

It takes more than a little confidence and courage for a company either professional or amateur to stage a play based on a hit TV series as comparisons with the original stars are inevitable. 

However Wimborne Drama are never afraid to push boundaries and they set out on the premise that their Frank and Betty Spencer weren’t going to be an impersonation of Michael Crawford and Michele Dotrice, but their own interpretation of the couple. The play was written for the stage and not lifted from the TV series.

Such is the expertise of the actors on stage, that by the end of the production, the original actors had slipped from my mind, and James Bourner had become Frank Spencer and Lindsay McGowan, his much put upon and very loyal wife, Betty.

Frank’s efforts to hone a magical act at his home, whilst covering up his disastrous DIY and trying to cook a meal for guests, leads to many moments of hilarity as he goes from one disaster to another with parts of the set crashing down and lights and music coming on at inappropriate moments.



Timing is all in just such a play and massive plaudits have to go to Chris Durham, who not only plays Father O’Hara, he also designed and built the stage set and organised the pyrotechnics.

Judy Garrett is a seasoned actor and never better when she plays quirky, slightly off the wall characters as she does as Barbara, Betty’s mother.

It is good to see Richard Neal on stage again, as he always gets under the skin of his characters – and in this case two characters, David and Terry. Likewise Andy Gill as the theatrical Leslie and the dour Constable.

This is amateur theatre at is very best and Rob Cording-Cook should take a bow for directing this intricate production with such skill. The creative team also deserve accolades.

This week, don’t sit at home scrolling through entertainment on your TV, treat yourself to a fun night out and get a ticket for this play which runs until Saturday 24 February with evening performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. To book tickets telephone the Box Office on 01202 885566 or go online at www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk

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