Review: Daisy Pulls It Off, Westacre Theatre
Daisy Pulls It Off is the hilarious play from the pen of Denise Deegan and the 10-strong Westacre Theatre cast made the capacity audience laugh-out-loud at the shenanigans that go on within the hallowed halls of the Grangewood School for Young Ladies. What a hoot it all proved to be.
Emily Ringwood in the demanding title role of Daisy and Daisy Norwood as her friend, Trixie, are absolutely spiffing as they fend off the nasty, snobbish bullies find the long-lost treasure, carry out a daring sea rescue of their tormentors and achieve victory for the school hockey team. As Trixie would say, “Oh Jubilate!”
Veteran Westacre duo Andy Naylor and Issy Huckle draw on their wealth of theatre experience in their fine direction of this new version of the award-winning Daisy.
The couple also designed the set with clever use of background film sets and careful use of limited stage space.
No doubt watching the frenzied action on stage- all rushing and gushing - brought back schoolday memories for some ladies in the audience revoking images of midnight feats in the dorm and playing tricks on each other when teacher wasn’t looking.
The fast-paced action left this member of the audience so breathless that I needed an interval drink to restore my equalibrium.
The two schoolgirl leads were ably supported by their upper fourth chums and Karen Bates as the formidable headmistress, Miss Gibson and Zanthe Meijer as Russian teacher Mr Scoblowski.
There were some well-created set pieces and the hockey final match was particularly well played .
There are more opportunities to see this wonderful production on Friday and Saturday (July 26 and 27).
Tickets available from the Westacre box office on 01760 755800.