Review: A Bunch of Amateurs, KLODS
A Bunch of Amateurs is the story of an abrasive and overconfident American actor's struggles as he is sent to a perform alongside a group of amateurs in Suffolk when he expected to perform as King Lear at Statford Upon Avon.
Director Brendan Sheppard did an excellent job of performing Jefferson's struggles as he becomes increasingly dismayed with being sent to sleepy Stratford in Suffolk rather than the big stage. His ego-centric personality is pushed right to the limit during this light-hearted show.
Constantly on the phone to his agent, there is none of the luxury lifestyle he was hoping for in this remote rural village.
Teresa Bailey as Mary and Kieren Davies as Dennis are convincing when being deliberately amateur for comic value.
As well as being a largely humorous play, there are occasional touching moments such as Jefferson's eventual realisation of being a poor father to his long-suffering daughter Jessica, played by Abbey Johnson.
Easy to follow, the plot was co-written by Ian Hislop and was reportedly requested to be screened at Sandringham for the Queen at Christmas after it was chosen as 2008's Royal Film Performance.
The show continues until Saturday November 3.