REVIEW: Blithe Spirit, Westacre Theatre
Due to unforeseen circumstances the rehearsing schedule for the Westacre Theatre’s current production of Noel Coward’s famous 1941 play ‘Blithe Spirit’ was badly disrupted, but not wanting to let the public down, with much hard work, the company modified their original plans with a dramatised, staged reading of the piece, retaining staging , lighting and original effects.
Before a full audience, the reading worked well and the fact that cast members held scripts during the show was really not much of a distraction.
For most of the time the dialogue and stage moves flowed without any problem, and any occasional slow movement of the plot was down to Mr Coward and not the cast!
The staging, lighting and special effects were fine and I was impressed with the gramophone that seemed to play automatically by a flick of the fingers, and chairs, tables and trays that levitated mysteriously when required!
I can quite understand the stress on the cast caused by the disrupted rehearsal schedule, but they acquitted their parts well (when all things are taken into account), and there were some memorable performances.
The younger members of the cast held their own also - well done!
The production was designed and directed by Andy Naylor and a free drink was, and will, be available at the bar for all ticket holders.
The show continues on tonight and tomorrow as well as next Friday and Saturday, all starting at 7.30pm. Box officed 01760 755800.