"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
9 TO 5
WAOS at the Public Hall, Witham
nostalgic journey back to 1979, nicely suggested in Witham by shades
of brown and beige, with
splendid hair and moustaches for the men, the villains in this
vaguely feminist fairy tale.
is “the Dolly Parton musical”; not a juke box selection of her
greatest hits, but the
play what she wrote, nearly ten years ago now, based on the 1980 film
in which she starred with Jane Fonda.
stars in this too – as a virtual presence, a one-woman Greek chorus
projected behind the action – and vicariously as the Backwoods
Barbie “too much make-up, too much hair”, played for WAOS by
Sarah Miles. A very enjoyable performance, matched by the three other
principal ladies – Matilda Bourne’s Judy, the new kid on the
office block, Diana
Easton’s Violet, a fine comedy presence and a polished vocalist,
Howard’s excellent Roz,
besotted with the MCP boss of Consolidated, Franklin Hart Jr [Niels
Loring is the “old lush” Missy, and Dannii Carr the noble
accountant who finally finds happiness with Violet.
was the word in the interval bar: cues missed, lines fumbled, a
recalcitrant harness. The big production numbers – One of the Boys,
Heart to Hart, with the chorus in the aisles – worked well, but too
often the songs were left to work their magic on an empty stage.
Mundell-Poole’s production has some fine dancing, and the fantasy
sequences work well. James Tovey, the Musical Director, brings some
so-so numbers to life – he has a convincing show-band in the Witham
the show been done in the 70s – when the much missed Brigadoon was
still thought a good night out – we could have expected similar
tired cloths and wobbly flats. But no sound system pumping out
the decibels, which might have resulted in a better band/vocal
balance, allowing us to hear more of Ms Parton’s lyrics.