"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME
ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME
Baddow Drama at the Memorial Hall
classic drama from Little Baddow, with the admirable production
values we have come to expect at the Memorial Hall.
Grosvenor Square drawing-room is skilfully suggested in a set which
is solid, convincing and beautifully dressed. The characters are
generally well costumed, too, with some stunning outfits for the
adaptation of a short story is not The Importance, of course, though
we are reminded of it in the opening moments, when Arthur is
overheard at the piano by his manservant. These two roles were
excellently played by Martin Lucas, nice but dim, with expressive
features and body language, and James Oakley, erudite and
unflappable, with scene-stealing sideburns.
Trippett-Jones gave us a lively, flirty Sybil, and there was strong
character work in support from repertory actors Paul Randall – a
saturnine palmist – and Ken Rolf – the doddery Dean of
Paddington. Grandes dames aplenty, including an imperious
Vicky Tropman and Gill Peregrine as an annoying Aunt. Not forgetting
Jake Hawkes as the incompetent anarchist.
Peregrine's enjoyable production showed commendable attention to
detail – the scene changes covered by Ibert, and the clever curtain