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SEARCHING FOR DR BRANOVIC
Another amusing and intriguing tale from the pen of David Tristram, a writer that Director David Sachon, enjoys bringing to the stage.
I thought the set, although designed to the author’s suggestion, worked extremely
well, and was well-
I loved the choice of music, it created a rather eerie atmosphere, which suited the play, and added to the tension in some places.
The ending of Act 1 was excellent – and the repetition at the beginning of Act 2 served to refresh the mind and get us into the play again.
I felt that Act 1 was a little slow, but the pace picked up considerably in Act 2, not sure why, but having spoken to the Director I was left with the impression that the first night audience had been more with the cast than we were! That said, I enjoyed the production, and some very funny moments.
The lighting suited the feel of the production, and sound effects were good, always on cue and audible.
I particularly liked the drill through the door incident, it appealed to my sense of the macabre!
It was good to see Chloe White back in a more dramatic role, she coped very well
with the slightly neurotic Emma Tyler, around whom the action seemed to gain a life
of its own, which she accepted and ran with. Some very good facial expressions accompanied
I liked Rory White as Joe Tyler, a slightly more meaty role than those he usually does, and on the whole he did very well. There was a lot of literally throwing himself into the role, which he accomplished nicely.
Janet Bray celebrated her return to the stage with a sympathetic portrayal of the undertaker, Mrs Bannister. Janet seems to enjoy these slightly off the wall characters, which she does well, and which added a different dimension to the piece.
Malcolm Steven created a nicely confused Dr Branovic, good accent maintained throughout, but very understandable. Quite a gentle characterisation, which contrasted well with the rather manic goings on around him.
For me, the revelation of the play was David Hillman as Detective Inspector Munroe – what a lovely part, which Dave accomplished with aplomb, and a good understanding of the comedy of the part. There were some great moments, including the drill through the door. Dave showed the thought processes of a policeman, plus the bewilderment at what was unfolding around him, creating a very diverse and amusing character.
All in all a nicely crafted work, that the audience enjoyed, and which was a nice start to the autumn/winter programme
Well done TADS, yet again a satisfying and enjoyable production.
TADS Theatre Group
“SEARCHING FOR DR BRANOVIC”
review date 23rd September 2017
Director: David Sachon