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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 over-reacted in a couple of places, however overall a great portrayal.  Farces were ever manic and this was no exception!

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-Gill (Gabriella) and Sarah Wilkinson (Gretchen) -  TWA, Alitalia and Lufthansa respectively, all gave us excellent portrayals of archetypical females from that era.  I thought they were all very good, again Elise took a couple of scenes to really get to the bones of Gloria, whilst Mariam was full on and exuberant from the moment she set foot on stage.  Sarah was perhaps a little too full on in some places, as it blurred the edges of her lib with the accent as well.  But overall three very different and excellent characterisations.

The final cast member was Christine Rayment (Bertha), the long-suffering house keeper, who had to keep up with the vagaries of the different cuisines required, but who had come with the apartment and didn’t want to leave!  The part was well-written and Christine brought out some of the humour and sarcasm with her asides and views.

I loved the finale – nicely choreographed to the chosen music, it was a lively and unusual ending to a good night’s entertainment.

Dunstable Rep


review date: 8th July 2019

Little Theatre, Dunstable

Director:  Joe Butcher Choreographer: Alicia Muscella


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