"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, May 27, 2013
and Fryerning Dramatic Club
all having to work longer these days – I bet some of these middle
managers would rather look forward to a gold watch than a "Business
Outbound" bonding weekend on Derwentwater.
Firth's "comedy in thick fog" has moved with the times, I
see. But even a state-of-the-art Blackberry with GPS is little use
once the last battery bar has faded.
Godfrey's production for Ingatestone and Fryerning boasts a well cast
quartet of castaways: Tony Szalai is the annoying know-it-all
Neville, Martin Reynolds the insensitive Gordon, sarcastic and
negative, Duncan Hopgood Angus, in his camouflage gear, with most of
the stock of the survival shop stuffed into his backpack. And Roy
Hobson is the god-bothering birdwatcher whose superb treetop
soliloquies are a hint of the weird ending to come.
sociology – Lord of the Flies" – neatly sums up the theme,
as 21st century values are abandoned and figurative
fridges are cleaned out.
the broad stage – shame not to share Rampsholme Island in the round
– we have rocks, water and an impressive tree stage right. Some of
the set pieces work very well – the sausage sequence, the distant
disco boat – others, maybe through hesitancy or insecurity, less
so, like Gordon's attack on Roy's religion.
from Bilk to Verdi, a telling blend of lighter and darker moments,
with the four orienteers giving their all for the team on this muddy,
bloody fight for survival.