"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Little Waltham Drama
Group at the Memorial Hall
Lingerie party plans
are big business – KnixKnaxKnox in Stoke, Aphrodyte in Mold, and in
Little Waltham last week, Lady Lace: "Rain, snow, sleet or
storm, Lady Lace will keep you warm" – these fictional, and
very flimsy, scanties would struggle in our climate.
This short comedy –
often done as a one-acter – provided some super opportunities for
girl talk, seized enthusiastically by the cast, especially Karen
Allan as the man-hungry Carole, Kim Travell as the dowdy doormat who,
to no-one's surprise, is transformed by Dawn's undies and a major
makeover, and Vicky Weavers as the heartless Jessica. Julie Cole was
the rep; like the others she loosened up as the Liebfraumilch flowed,
and the sherry, and the pea pod wine ...
The token man – butt
of much sexist banter – was Ken Little's Rex, with excellent comic
The suburban snobbery
puts this piece firmly into Abigail's Party territory – just the
Demis Roussos and the olives missing – and, although it's not a
period piece, it did feel strangely dated, with its references to
Dennis Healey and Ex-Lax.
But the party-plan
scene is ripe for sending up, and this production, directed by Kathy
Jiggins and Viv Abrey, provided much uncomplicated fun for the loyal
audience, and for the cast, too, no doubt.