Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Competition Increases at Drama Festival

The competition reached new heights last night as Thurrock Courts Players presented their entry as the last of the full length plays in the Drama Festival. Adjudicator Paul Fowler praised an almost faultless performance which followed equal praise the previous evening for Bijou productions .

Courts players presented Alan Ayckbournes How the Other Half Loves which won praise from audiences and critics alike.

Tessa Davies from NODA reported
Thurrock Courts Players have remained faithful to their roots with this production of Alan Ayckbourn’s play. They have a great pool of excellent actors to call on for their productions and it was a real pleasure to watch this performance.

The six members of the cast were all outstanding and, although the staging is fairly complicated, the story was clearly portrayed, with an excellent sense of timing from everyone. John Scowan played the slightly pompous Frank to perfection and gave us some lovely comedy moments throughout the play. Lisa Chapman was excellent as Fiona his wife, very glamorous. Mike Jones as Bob and Karen Reeves as Teresa, both produced outstanding performances. The accolades, however, must go to Wayne Prince (William) and Victoria Grayling (Mary). Their timing and expressions during the dinner party scene were perfection and gave us a real sense of the situation.

Director Vic Gray had an excellent script to work with, but Alan Ayckbourn’s work can be deceptive, there is always a sting in the way he writes his plays and Vic clearly understood the importance of detail to make sure that the scenes were depicted to the audience without confusion.

Paul Fowler said the whole production had been terrifically well thought out ,the vision was a terrific realisation of the directors vision.. An excellent set, with well thought out costuming . The cast performed with precision timing and worked as a team throughout.

Director Vic Gray attracted great praise for his stage management and ideas and this was a performance of relish.

Courts performed with the right energy and produced a play which was hugely enjoyable and very tricky, with total professionalism


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