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Deanery Players’ hot show for a cold night

The cast of the Deanery Players' production of Me and My Girl.

The cast of the Deanery Players' production of Me and My Girl.

ME and My Girl was an excellent antidote to the freezing weather outside the theatre.

An escapist plot, it was set in the 1930s and originally written by L.Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber.

Revised by Stephen Fry, with all the publicity of the Diamond Jubilee this year it seemed to possibly be an oblique reference to King Edward VIII’s unsuitable choice of a bride

Cheeky Cockney Billy Snibson (Rob Hastings) unexpectedly inherits the estate of Lord Harecourt.

A fact which horrifies his formerly unknown relatives Sir John Tremayne (Graham Parry)and his aunt Maria, Duchess of Dene (Sarah Spickard). Gerald Bolingbroke (Stuart Hutchinson) and Jacqueline Carstone (Laura Venn) were engaged, but on hearing that Bill is going to inherit a large fortune Jacqueline hands Gerald back the ring to set her sights on marrying Bill, despite his lack of social graces.

Bill, however, already has a girl form Lambeth Sally Smith (Julia Bullock) and he is determined to marry her come what may.

These three couples are the centre of the plot and were all very well played although Rob Hastings as Billy deserves extra special mention.

He was an excellent and exuberant song and dance man (at one point accidentally knocking over the microphone at the front of the stage).

Sally, however, was not at all sure she wanted to be a toff. By the end of the musical all three couples had resolved their issues.

Sally, after an Eliza Doolittle type makeover, is ready to take up her position as an ‘Earless’ as she had earlier described it.

The musicians were excellent and supported the singing well.

There were one or two dance routines danced by the costermongers from Lambeth showing the aristocracy how they had fun, including the well- known Lambeth Walk.

The scenery was very impressive and complicated, the stage hands had to work hard between scenes.

Many of Billy’s quips and the use of rhyming slang had the audience laughing throughout.

It was a truly fun night out and the Deanery Players are to be congratulated for such a fine and convincing performance.

Vonni Wilkins

 

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