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A fun night at the Little Theatre, this farce was played out at a fast pace, with plenty of highs and lows from the cast, I liked the contrasts and dimensions. The story dealt with Bernard, who lived his life through three fiancées, who being air hostesses were on different routes, so with careful planning he saw each one for two days a week! The problems (and the hilarity) came when the routes were changed and when planes were subject to bad weather considerations.
The set, from Alan Goss, was simple in its construction, but elegant and beautiful decor, with lovely chairs, coffee and side tables right on song for the 1960’s. It stood up well to the comings and goings required of a farce, with doors opening and shutting at an alarming rate!
I loved the music, it lent much to getting into the mindset of the era, with the sound and lighting enhancing to piece.
Costumes were good, I liked the different colours for each air hostess, but would have liked to have seen Gabriella in a longer skirt that echoed the colour of her jacket, it was the only one of the three that didn’t quite ring true. Everything else looked good, with everyone looking comfortable in what they were wearing.
Joe Hawkins (Bernard) was the chauvinistic male, with his three fiancées. Joe got
a lot of light and shade and nuances into the role, which I enjoyed. He possibly
Scott Horgan (Robert), Bernard’s friend who turned up out of the blue, started a little tentatively, but then really got into the swing of things, and gave a fine performance of the man who was trying to keep up with Bernard’s love life, finally bagging one of the fiancées for himself. Nicely done.
The three fiancées were played by Elise Crosby (Gloria), Mariam Gaballa-
The final cast member was Christine Rayment (Bertha), the long-
I loved the finale – nicely choreographed to the chosen music, it was a lively and unusual ending to a good night’s entertainment.
review date: 8th July 2019
Little Theatre, Dunstable
Director: Joe Butcher Choreographer: Alicia Muscella