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Perfect Wedding

A good old-fashioned comedy to finish the current run of plays at the Rep was what the doctor ordered!

Adam Croft directed a good set of actors, in what was a typical farce, with so many twists and turns it was sometimes difficult to keep up, all delivered with pace by the cast.

The set had me at odds for the two halves of the ‘bridal’ suite – the salon area was quite upmarket with lovely curtains and good decoration, however the bedroom was very plain, and not at all bridal in concept, and all very beige, a little thought could have made this just a little more luxurious and in keeping with the references made.  However I did appreciate the attention to detail with the fire escape plan on the back of the doors.  The phones caused a lot of laughs too!

I found the whole production a little too manic and loud, perhaps it was the heat that made me more sensitive to this aspect.  I could see the need for it at times, but bringing the sound level down would have been just as effective and menacing.

The men and the bride’s mother were very well-turned out, with the chambermaid also looking very smart, but didn’t like the choice of dress for Rachel, as she was in almost the same colour as the sofa, so blended into it.  Kirsty’s attire was very plain and didn’t make any sort of impact, I can see the need for something relatively short because of the references made by Tom, but Keri kept adjusting the skirt and pulling it down, so she obviously wasn’t very comfortable in it.

It was lovely to see Adam Butcher back on the scene, his interpretation of Will, the central character, was good.  He interacted well with all the other characters, and particularly with his best friend Tom, played to full effect by Joe Hawkins.  I thought Joe looked very suave and sophisticated in his wedding attire, all the more effective as his relationships began to unravel!

Hayley Vaughan played the waspish Rachel (Will’s fiancé) well, and I liked her softening towards Tom at the end.

Kristy and Kirsty played by Susannah Bance and Keri Marie Barnett respectively, were suitably bemused and accommodating over the situation.  I thought Susannah did very well, but would have liked a little more projection from Keri, as amongst the high octane approach from the boys, she was occasionally lost.

Susan Lee Burton completed the cast as Daphne, Rachel’s mother, looking very chic in her pink ensemble, and obviously only interested in getting her daughter married, no matter to whom!!

Not my favourite of the Rep’s offerings this year, but an acceptable close to the season, with some good laugh aloud moments.

Dunstable Rep


review date: 7th July 2018

Little Theatre, Dunstable

Director:  Angela Goss


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