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THE VICAR OF DIBLEY
This was a very amusing and sometimes feisty look at Dibley 10 years on from when the villagers first got to know Geraldine. I must admit I found the whole play very fragmented, and did not like the fact that there was no natural flow to it. That said I really enjoyed the performances.
The set was well designed and thought out by Gary Nash, I particularly liked the church window flat, and it was in keeping with the overall feel of the piece and memory of the actual TV programme. I was a little perturbed at the number of blackouts, and would have liked more to have been achieved by lighting, but I appreciate the difficulty when so many scenes were just snapshots.
The lighting achieved the aim of giving each scene its own look.
I loved the small touches, like the bar of chocolate hidden in the bible for example.
The play started well with a situation that made the audience laugh within about 2 minutes, and set the scene for us to be able to react to the cast and their situations.
I liked that fact that the characters were all recognisable, but that no-
The (dream) sequence when Geraldine was officiating at Harry’s wedding was extremely funny and well played by all concerned. The music used was very good.
Katy Elliott made Geraldine a good 3-
Chloe Badham created a lovely Alice, with some very funny lines that she delivered
well. I also liked the obviously caring relationship between Alice and Hugo, played
by Luke Murphy. He got the essence of the slightly more worldly-
Tim Hayden (Owen), Dave Sims (Jim) and Martin Pursey (Frank) as the Parish Council
attendees, all gave us sterling performances, giving us the essence of those well-
Additional female parts were played very well by Sophie Singleton-
Overall an enjoyable production, well acted and directed, which the audience thoroughly enjoyed, and was a good evening’s entertainment.
GRIFFIN PLAYERS -
review date:5th October 2017
Little Theatre, Dunstable
Director: John O’Leary
Asst: Kerry Collins