2:13pm Friday 14th June 2013
By Barrie Jerram
Wick Theatre Group turns once again to a TV sitcom adapted for the stage. This holiday camp romp may lack the iconic characters that made Dad’s Army great but it is peppered with plenty of quirky oddballs.
Wisely the cast do not slavishly copy the TV originals; instead they capture the essence and add a little bit of their own creation. Louise Yeo shines as Peggy, the zany chambermaid who dreams of becoming a Yellow Coat.
Assured performances come from Judith Berrill and Bob Ryder as the snooty dance instructors. Berrill gets to deliver a wickedly hilarious double entendre, regarding the wallpaper’s pattern that had the audience choking with laughter.
The excellent Anna Quick makes Gladys Pugh’s pursuit of her boss, Jeffrey Fairbrother, more subtle and less predatory, while Guy Steddon gives Fairbrother an interesting makeover. Instead of understated deadpan meekness the character is played with boisterous, frantic energy. Steddon reacts to the misfortunes befalling him with some wonderful facial expressions.
The script is full of corn, the best of which falls to Steve Darvill, as the camp host. His stand-up jokes are groan inducing.
There are a couple of staging issues and scene transitions need to be slicker.
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