"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
HALF A SIXPENCE
Methodist Music and Drama at the Civic Theatre
punchy, polished revival of a rather tired show, with too many so-so
songs. And this new version has not improved it
much – I used rather to like the old Military Canal.
it was clear from Kipps' first entrance – stepping shyly into the
spotlight to tell us his story and paint us the pictures – that
this was a production that would draw us in and keep us entertained.
Holland was the draper in question – rather fresh-faced to convince
as the oldest apprentice in the business, but a very engaging
all-rounder. His childhood sweetheart, who comes to find him in the
wilds of Folkestone, was superbly played by Charlotte Reed. They
headed a large cast, notable for including many new faces, and for
being impressive in depth, from the Walsingham family right down to
the deckchair man cum photographer.
liked Joe Gray's left-wing apprentice, and Tony Brett's bibulous
Chitterlow. The skinflint Shalford was given the full Dickensian
treatment by Trinity stalwart Tony Court.
dressed – in the Floral Hall especially – the chorus sang and
moved with style and energy. The musical director was Gerald Hindes,
the production was by Cathy Court, and the set design – a simple
sixpence sliced in two – was by Paul Lazell.