Review: Lucky Sods
It feels like it's been here forever, but it was only 1994 when the National Lottery was launched. The following year, John Godber wrote Lucky Sods, a play exploring the effects of a Lottery win. With the Lottery now part of our everyday lives, the play's theme is as relevant today as ever. No doubt that's one of the reasons Retford Little Theatre included it in their new season.
Not that the play focuses purely on winning. It also explores luck in its many forms, and does so with comedy at times and pathos at others, a difficult mix that doesn't always quite work.
As usual, the casting was strong, with two core roles but some members also playing multiple parts very effectively. Tracey Stafford's performance as Morris's mother, for example, was a stark contrast to her role as his lover.
Likewise, Derek Green's portrayal of the envious
brother-in-law who doesn't want to rock the boat provides a realistic counterpoint to his wife's (Bridget Sly) sniping.
Recognisable character traits often supply the humour, a prime example being the hospital scene with Morris and his mother. It captures the almost surreal mix of confusion and lucidity in conversation with an ailing elderly relative.
Unusually for RLT, the set was pretty spartan, relying more on props than scenery. This approach worked for Lucky Sods as it allowed the audience to focus on the characters and story - important in this case as some plot points needed thinking about.
The theatre wasn't very full on the first night, which was a shame because the production deserved a bigger audience. But it didn't stop the laughter flowing when it should have done. Together with rhythmic head-nodding when money-themed songs played during scene changes, there was evidence enough that the audience were fully engaged - and rightly so.
Lucky Sods was a strong start to the season, and as it's only on till Saturday 3rd October, anyone wanting to see it should grab the chance while they can.
Craft and Table-Top Sale
Saturday 9th November 2015
Following last year's hugely popular craft and table-top sale, come along and browse the many local craft stalls
for Christmas present ideas.
Our Next Production
Round and Round the Garden
Fri 13th to Sat 21st November 2015, 7:30pm
We meet again the characters fromm Table Manners and Living Together in Ayckbourn's trilogy The Norman Conquests. Over the same catastrophic weekend, Norman manages to wreak even more havoc in the garden than he
did inside the house as he tries - and fails - in his artless
and clumsy way just to make everyone happy.
Click here for details and booking information
New Season Brochure
The Season Brochure for the forthcoming 2015-2016 season of plays is now available.
You can download a copy directly from this site, or if you'd prefer, you can complete the form on the Contact page, and we'll post one to you.