42 Last Panto in Little Grimley By David Tristram

Directed by Sandy Knight

12-13th January, 2019, Felpham Village Hall

SYNOPSIS

A hilarious sequel to ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley by David Tristram

Last Panto In Little Grimley is about the same hapless members of a less than successful amateur dramatic group ‘The Grimley Players’ who endeavour to put on a show, despite there being only four members (three and a stage manager). Failing audiences have resulted in them taking drastic action to save the group. Gordon decides to write a pantomime, which turns out to be something very different to what Margaret was expecting. Once word of the risqué nature of Gordon’s panto, in which Margaret is required to reveal more than her talent, gets around, the people of Little Grimley flock to buy tickets. A set of calamitous circumstances on the opening night make this a fun night to remember!

This is the third comedy production from the Society’s ‘Grimley Players’ plays by David Tristram after ‘The Fat Lady Sings’ in 2017 and ‘Last Tango in Little Grimley’ in 2016 – all directed by Sandy Knight.

CAST

GordonTrevor Roman
BernardJohn Covey
JoyceDi Hiblen
MargaretChrissie Lester

PRODUCTION

DirectorSandy Knight
Production ManagerElaine Green
Stage ManagerPaul Ramsay
Technical Manager/ LightingAlex Marner
Posters, Banners, Flyers and ProgrammePeter Green

Last Panto in Little Grimley
Felpham Village Hall
13th January, 2019
Director: Sandy Knight
Reviewed by: Jose Harrison

I think it was clear from the start that many of the audience were familiar with the ‘Little Grimley’ series of plays as there was a feeling of anticipation within the hall as we waited for the curtain to go up. We were not to be disappointed as it was to be another excellent comedy that was full of laughter.

As with their previous version a couple of years ago, the stage was simply set with a longish table surrounded by a few chairs with a few appropriate props. The four dysfunctional committee members of Little Grimley Amateur Dramatic Society are meeting to discuss their financial position, or lack of the finances, and what they propose to do about the situation. There is no money, no audiences at their previous productions and not much talent, although the members are not prepared to admit to the latter.

Trevor Roman (Gordon), Di Hiblen (Joyce), Chrissie Lester (Margaret) and John Covey (Bernard) were suitably matched and maintained their characters faithfully. Gordon has conceived a new concept to attract a wider and more adult audience to their shows. In a word, sex !! He appears to have already started writing the new script and is convinced that it will bring in the crowds in droves. Margaret is not so sure. In fact is quite certain that it will not work and doesn’t intend to remove her clothes in the off chance that it might be what the audience want. Joyce isn’t interested in the new script unless it is a musical with a good singing part for herself. Since her voice leaves a lot to be desired this idea is dead before it starts. She takes umbrage at Gordon’s criticism and starts to walk out but as the treasurer of the group she must be persuaded to stay at all cost. The same could be said of Bernard, the back stage dogs body, set builder and general handy man who has little time for acting and no time for safety procedures.

This incredible foursome did a great job entertaining us for close on an hour before serving us up a lovely cream tea. My congratulations to Sandy Knight and the cast whose clear diction ensured the enthusiastic and supportive audience had an enjoyable afternoon

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