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Once again we were entertained well by this Rep production – with the three main characters giving us excellent performances. However, I felt that for a Noel Coward play it lacked a light touch, it was too serious overall, and needed to be a little more light and frothy!
When I say that the two lead ladies were Angela Goss and Anna Carter-
Matt Fliton was very well-
Angela looked so right for the rather fey Madame Acarti –a super portrayal with lots
Anna gave us a lovely interpretation of Ruth, the wife. Always forthright – but gradually going from the agreeable wife to being very forceful when the ghost of Charles first wife appears and starts upsetting their relationship. Anna looked lovely, great hairstyle and her first costume particularly was very flattering, however I would liked to have seen her in a colour, as the set was a little dull, and needed a brighter costume to contrast.
Kate Redding played Elvira – the ghost of Charles first wife – and looked very ethereal. She also gave a good characterisation, showing her meddling ways. The interaction between Ruth and Elvira in both incarnations was very good, some lovely facial expressions helped create and sustain their portrayals.
Sue Young and Alistair Brown as Dr and Mrs Bradman – provided a good contrast to the main characters with good portrayals. Sue’s costume in Act 1 was very colourful, and suited to the ambience of the piece.
Jenny Monaghan played the maid Edith – I thought she gave a very good performance, and got the essence of the character and the sense of the era very well.
The set was a bit solid and drab for the era and the ethos of the play, although
it was well-
So all in all a good production, but it could have been brilliant because of the calibre of the acting if it had been a little bit lighter and brighter in all areas.
“BLITHE SPIRIT” review date: 16H March 2012
Little Theatre, Dunstable
Director: Joe Butcher