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Bedroom Farce was a good evening’s entertainment – with plenty of fast-
The set was extremely good – and worked very well for such a small performance space.
The three bedrooms, two on the flat and one on a rostra gave each couple and their
various visitors plenty of space, and considered lighting made it clear which room
we were looking at –very well-
I felt that several of the actors started the evening either a little diffidently or with too much emphasis on their characters, but over the course of the play, the characterisations were ironed out, and everyone settled into their characters well.
Joy Hester and Dan Clucas as the older couple, Delia and Ernest got a good relationship – based on the longevity of their marriage – the acceptance that eating pilchards on toast in bed was the norm was a good premise, and one which caused some amusement! There were a few cases when they slowed the action a little, but on the whole a believable couple.
Steven J Davies as Nick gave his usual fine performance, spending the whole of the
play in bed must have been quite difficult, mainly, I would think from the point
of view of keeping awake!! I particularly liked the falling out of bed episode,
and liked even more the getting back into bed episode, when Lisa Fitzgerald as Nick’s
wife Jan managed to manhandle him back onto the bed – and ended up in a super funny
situation. Very well-
Lisa created a good character as Jan – ducking and diving between Nick and Trevor – two fairly annoying men in their own right!!
I thought that Malcolm Emms as Malcolm and Lucy Palmer as Kate were the most diverse
and perhaps not completely suited of the couples, however, much of what they did
was extremely well-
I would have liked Malcolm to have been a bit more full-
Adam Briffett as Trevor and Mariam Gaballa-
For me, Mariam was the star of this particular play, she got the most rounded character, and stayed with her characterisation the whole way through, no lapses or variation – I loved the meltdown that occurred and they way she talked herself round.
I could really believe too, how annoying Trevor was to everyone. Adam gave a really
good portrayal, getting all the nuances of a pedantic young man – with lots of hang-
The episodes of funny business throughout the play were very well-
There were a couple of places when I wanted a little more from the actors, and
I also felt there were some opportunities missed for even more humour, but in the main the play was nicely acted and we were able to see the diversity of the characters and their marriages.
Once again, an enjoyable evening from BTC, with a very good set, and integrated cast.
Berkhamsted Theatre Company
“BEDROOM FARCE” 4th April 2014
The Court Theatre, Pendley
Director: Iain Fowles