Don’t Dress For Dinner
Date posted: 12-06-2012
Don’t Dress for Dinner by Marc Camoletti
Ad Hoc Players
So, Bernard is married to Jacqueline and Robert is with Suzette and Suzanne is with George who is having an affair with Jacqueline whilst Robert is playing away with Suzanne or have I got all that completely wrong? Marc Camoletti has written a clever script which Ad Hoc Players presented as the second full length play in the Thurrock Drama Festival.
Adjudicator Paul Fowler thought that the piece gave the cast a vast challenge as the writing is fast paced but that pace has to be maintained. He indicated that the set hadn’t been used to its full advantage causing dynamics and tension to be lost, due to cast members standing side by side in lines. Careful thought needs to be given to positioning of stage furniture so as not to hinder the action.
There were some good moments in this play but the play needed shape. The cast were guilty of letting pace slip on too many occasions and not building up to climaxes as the author had intended . There were some real laugh out moments that were well delivered and well timed. When performing farce you cannot afford to throw away lines as each line is designed to drive pace and to achieve maximum momentum.
Hilary Andrews won praise for her performance as Jacqueline, Susie Purkiss gave a jaunty side to the part of Suzette whilst Adrianna Casali’s portrayal of Suzanne was dynamic and believable .
Ad Hoc players gave the audience a laugh but needed more pace and momentum and work is needed on this production to improve movement and positioning.
The festival continues tonight with Bejou Players