Directed by Lynne Gardner
5-7th December, 2019, Felpham Village Hall
Evening Performances 7:30pm plus a Matinee 2:00pm on Saturday only
See How They Run is set in the idyllic village of Merton-cum-Middlewick, England during the 1940s. It’s World War II,and the village inhabitants are preparing themselves for the imminent threat of Nazi invasion. Meanwhile, resident spinster, Miss Skillon, becomes convinced that her beloved vicar’s actress wife is having an affair and attempts to expose her. Add an escaped German prisoner of war, a handsome actor, the visiting Bishop of Lax, a rotund locum priest and some meddling neighbors and hilarious confusion and mayhem result.
|Miss Skillon||Sandy Knight|
|Ida the Maid||Rebecca Moore|
|Rev Lionel Toop||Aaron Baker|
|Lance-Corporal Clive Winton||Dominic Parris|
|The Bishop of Lax||Nicholas Jones|
|Rev Aurthur Humphrey||David Brown|
|Sargeant Towers||Brian Packebusch|
|Production Manager||Elaine Green|
|Stage Manager||Trevor Roman|
|Prompt||Rosemary Tobutt, Romayne Brown|
|Costumes||Rebecca Moore, Brian Packebusch|
|Technical Manager/Lighting||Alex Marner, Lynette Woodward, Douglas|
|Sound||Richard Tyrell, Peter Green|
|Cast Photography||David Brown|
|Front of House||Elizabeth Trett, Romayne Brown, Julie Starmer|
See How They Run.
Reviewed by: Jose Harrison on Thursday 5th December, 2019.
Venue: Felpham Village Hall
Type of Production: Play.
Director: Lynne Gardner.
Regis Players decided to perform the war time comedy ‘See How They Run’ to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the start of the war, a madcap farce written by Philip King and set in a vicarage during the 2nd World War. It is a tale of confusion, mistaken identities and misunderstandings together with the frenzied chases in and out of doors with alcohol playing a large part in the plot. As always at Felpham, the set and props are outstanding with the many doors needing to be extremely robust to cope with the innumerable comings and goings. I loved the opening scene with the slightly tuneless singing coming from the bathroom area above and the poor vicar trying to pacify the villager who obviously calls regularly to complain or advise with romantic inclinations towards the said vicar.
The vicar’s wife, Penelope Toop, is an American ex-actress and is superbly played by Susanna Misson-Williams. She has great stage presence and the style and vitality necessary to portray this uninhibited and exuberant character. Her husband, Rev. Lionel Toop, was convincingly played by Aaron Baker who spent most of his time running about in his underwear! Sandy Knight was great as Miss Skillon, the snooty parishioner. Her fall from grace to a very believable drunk made for some extremely funny scenes and her ability to faint or get knocked out, and still landing in the right place, was brilliant. Ida, the maid, with a touch of desperation for male attention, was endearingly played by Rebecca Moore. Her facial expressions were a language in themselves. Dominic Parris has great comic timing and excelled as Lance-Corporal Clive Winton, an actor friend of the vicar’s wife. Their mock fight scene on the floor was exceptional.
Strong support came from Nicholas Jones as the Bishop of Lax, David Brown as Rev. Arthur Humphrey, Chris Armstead as an escaped German prisoner impersonating a Vicar and Brian Packebusch in the role of Sergeant Towers. This was a physically demanding play for many in the cast and they carried it out with tremendous energy and impeccable comic timing all working so well together – an essential in such an energetic farce as this which depends so much on precise timing both verbally and physically.
Congratulations to Lynne, the Director, and to everyone involved for an evening of hilarious entertainment.
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Huge congratulations to all the cast,crew and director of See How They Run. Farces need good actors, good director, pace, pace and more pace !! This production did,nt disappoint ! Small stage and 9 actors is always going to be a challenge, but add that to the most difficult genre … a farce , and you are asking for trouble !! Thats why I take my hat off to Lynne for coping superbly . All the cast were superb, Sandy and Becky proving how good The Players are at comedy. It was fantastic to see new blood in the cast, and all of them should be proud… you did great . Special plaudit for Chris that was your best performance for The Players. The set was one of our best, and it never wobbled ! Alex is a star ! Thanks to you all , for making me laugh, and thats really what its all about. John Covey
Well done cast and crew of SHTR. It was a cracker ! Without doubt one of The Player best productions. Comedy is very hard work. You all excelled at it ! Thanks for making me laugh !
Last night, I went to the Felpham village play, by the Regis Players. FANTASTIC! ! if you haven’t got tickets, get on the phone, get tickets, and get yourself down there! Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday afternoon!
Fantastic show tonight ! Well done The Players. One of our best ! Thanks for making me laugh !!!😁😁😁😁😁