Directed by Gill Lambourn
4-6th August, 2017, Felpham Village Hall
A Woman’s Life is full of trials and tribulations – 10 monologues written for …. and featuring women. ‘The ladies sum up the quintessentially British character, from eccentric, hilarious, sometimes sad, but always with something everyone can relate to’.
The Angina Monologues was first staged in London in 2003 and received critical acclaim – ‘witty and moving’, ‘spirited show’, ‘impressive power with words’ (The Stage).
Directed by Gill Lambourn.
Gill directed for the Regis Players ‘The Odd Couple’ by Neil Simon in July 2016 which has just received a prestigious NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) South East Region Award – Accolade of Excellence 2016 – runners – up for the Councillor’s Award for Drama.
‘The Odd Couple’ NODA AWARD is the first play that the Regis Players have won an award for drama selected from all the SE Region’s 243 societies and adds to the five plays by the Regis Players that have received Accolade of Excellence District 9 Awards since its formation in 2006 (Steel Magnolias 2008, Tinsel 2010, Waiting for Godot, 2014, The Entertainer 2014 and Quartet (which Gill also starred in) in 2015.
Note that the monologues have nothing to do with medical heart problems but as Gill says ‘laughter is the best medicine for matters of the heart’.
The Regis Players
The Angina Monologues
Reviewed by: Jose Harrison on Sunday 6th August, 2017.
Venue: Felpham Village Hall.
Type of Production: Monologues.
Director: Gill Lambourn.
Once again we were treated to a great afternoon of entertainment and a superb cream tea. There is no nicer way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with friends where the hospitality is unsurpassed. This production was very cleverly directed with a very simple set allowing for fast scene changes which were accompanied by appropriate music. The outfits worn by all the ladies fitted well for their personalities, their hair styles were apt and the make-up had been given much thought.
Sue Bartlett opened the show with a long and demanding piece telling us about her first (and probably last) cruise which she had been talked into taking by her neighbour. Her descriptions of the events were so vividly explained one felt one knew the person and places intimately. The punch line at the end was classic. Next we had a delightful interlude meeting a brilliantly lively Molly Servant, just out of drama and dance school, totally convinced she was getting a part in ‘Les. Mis’ or similar. She bounced about the stage changing the tempo completely.
Yvette Walters held us all entranced with her dog stories. She came over every inch a devoted dog lover and dressed the part to perfection. After a quick and spirited second visit by molly who seemed to have lost out in all her auditions but was in no way discouraged, we were entertained by Deborah Addicott at a bus stop, like the others, word perfect, carrying suitable props and telling her story convincingly. Act One finished with a moving story by Jeanette Fido telling us about the various hobbies and clubs she had joined since losing her husband. This was a curious mixture of pathos and comedy making an excellent finish to the first half.
Now resplendently full of cream tea the curtain opened, for act two, onto Rebecca Moore in an outrageous outfit of bright blue blouse and orange skirt with orange hair to match. As she chewed gum she told us all about her remarkable visit in Greece with her friend Rhoda where they both consumed vast quantities of Bicardi Breezers. Liz Knight appeared next proving that, despite a seventeen year gap since her last performance, if you love the theatre and amdrams, you never lose the touch. Well done. After another rapid scene change Jenny Dean crept on to the stage, nervous, insecure and indecisive. Her body language said it all. Her eyes looked either wild or completely lost and her hands and feet movements and long pauses completed the sad picture.
The final two stories commenced with Barbara Piedot, a sad elderly lady who had suffered with an even older transvestite husband, a mother who was, in her word, barmy and all whilst she was coping with a veruca. She found the perfect answer to this by using an apple corer!! Liz Emmerson closed this amusing afternoon’s production with an instruction on the beauty treatments available interspersed with the problems she faced living with Alan who was being unfaithful. This was incredibly clever as she never seemed to draw breath between the two subjects.
My congratulations go to Peter Barnett who wrote them all, Gill who directed and the ten ladies who all gave memorable performances.
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