35 Last Tango in Little Grimley by David Tristram

Directed by Sandy Knight

1-3rd April, 2016, Felpham Village Hall

SYNOPSIS

Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society is in trouble. The membership has dwindled to four – the audiences aren’t much bigger – and if they don’t come up with some rent money soon, they’re going to be thrown out.

‘There’s only one thing that sells tickets these days”, argues Gordon the Chairman. “Sexl”

Thus begins the chaotic and hilarious build-up to an evening of extraordinary home-grown drama – an evening the locals would never forget!

CAST

GordonTrevor Roman
BernardBernard Taylor
JoyceDi Hiblen
MargaretChrissie Lester

PRODUCTION

DirectorSandy Knight
Production  & PromptJohn Covey
Production ManagerElaine Green
Stage ManagerJohn Covey
Technical ManagerAlex Marner

The Regis Players
Last Tango in Little Grimley
Reviewed by: Jose Harrison on Sunday 3rd April, 2016
Venue: Felpham Village Hall
Type of Production: One Act Play
Director: Sandy Knight

SHOW REPORT

The Village of Little Grimley has a problem. It has an Amateur Dramatic Society which is far from flourishing. When they hold their AGM unfortunately only 4 people attend. Trevor Roman as Gordon is the chairman with an idea to save the society. He has written a play for them to perform which includes plenty of sexual innuendos with a title that is bound to bring in an audience, and how right he is!!! Although he is a forceful character he has considerable problems to overcome on route. Firstly there is Margaret played by Chrissie Lester who is dogmatic and opinionated, and convinced she should be chairperson, who knows far more than Gordon and isn’t afraid to say so. She is not his only problem. Next there is Joyce played by Di Hiblen, the treasurer of the society which is badly in debt. She is a simple soul with no acting skills, in fact no skills at all, apart from her ability to knit which she does throughout the AGM. Add to the equation Bernard Taylor as Bernard the set builder who has no wish, nor the ability, to act and you begin to realise why Little Grimley Amdrams are on their way out.

We were treated to two short but hilarious glimpses of their really dire rehearsals and then moved on to a committee meeting taking place after the show which has been a sell out thanks to that wonderful word SEX and great advertising by the local village gossip.

The ending will be kept a secret for now as this is a ‘must be seen’ playlet, on this occasion performed by four excellent actors who were directed by an equally talented producer. After a really good cream tea the cast of the ‘No Name’ play stepped forward to draw the raffle, stage managed by Gordon, of course, accompanied by Margaret. Joyce was chosen to get the tickets drawn out of the pot, which she did in her usual confused way, assisted by Bernard who was as unhelpful as one would expect.

Well done Regis Players. This was another first class afternoon of entertainment.

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