This play sends the audience on a real trip down memory
Fan’s of the show were filled with nostalgia and those
who were new to Hi-de-Hi seemed to have a lot of fun
and giggles nevertheless.
We meet favourite characters from the TV show, firstly
there’s Gladys Pugh, played by Charlotte-Louise Newton who embodied the original role perfectly. From the lilting welsh accent to the sweeping walk and gestures, she
was a very convincing Gladys.
Then there was Jeffrey Fairbrother, the holiday camp entertainments manager, played by Julien Roberts with great comic skill and as quoted by an audience member, "his facial expressions can fill the room!" - I quite agree.
Scheming camp host Ted Bovis and camp comic Spike Dixon (Lloyd Hawkins and Daniel Mitchell) were also spot on and great to watch.
Any scenes which involved the Stuart Hargreaveses
(Liz Williams, Peter Lindley) were hilarious and expertly performed with great comic timing between the two.
I thought the famous Peggy, played enthusiastically
by Donnamarie Stamp had some lovely moments in
the play; funny and touching.
There were some great one liners expertly delivered
by Fred (Derek Green) and Mr Partridge (Barry Nicholls) and the two were really believable, and a cameo role played by Ted Williams provided a great scene which
had the audience around me in stitches.
Maxine Goldstone who played Hilary Bovis was quite fearsome as Ted’s ex-wife and the scenes between
the two received a lot of laughs.
The other yellow coats (Becky Ragdale, Alex Nicol,
Sarah Carter-Bowden, Leah Nicol, Tracey Stafford)
did a great job of giving the piece a real feel of the camp;
I loved how they would be all smiles and waves out of the staff room, and full of boredom and gossip inside.
There was plenty of audience participation with the audience expected to reply to every call of Hi-de-Hi
with the call of Ho-de-Ho – and they did so with gusto.
The audience were also part of the vote for 'Best Female Yellowcoat' and we all sang 'Goodnight Campers' at the end.
I, and the rest of the audience, enjoyed being an
important part of the show.
I must mention the amazing costumes which paid tribute to the fantastic TV series;
they really were the icing on the cake of the piece.
Along with the wonderful songs of the 50’s, the clever lighting and staging, producer Frank Stamp has put on
a show which was funny, nostalgic and was performed
with enthusiasm and skill by the cast. Well done all!
Reviewed by Vicky Evans
Play readings to cast the second play of our 2017/18
Season will be held on Monday 17th and Wednesday
19th July 2017
at 7:30pm in the theatre lounge.
The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder is a period comedy which was later adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!. "Loud, slap dash and uproarious ... extraordinarily original and funny."
A cast of nine men (three of which are small parts) and seven women (2 of which are small parts) with varying ages from
18 - 60 years approximately is required.
Come along and turn up to the reading - everybody
Annual General Meeting
Friday 21st July 2017, 7:30pm
Anyone is welcome to attend the AGM but only registered members are entitled to a vote.
Nominations for Committee should be received by the Theatre Secretary at least three days
before the meeting.
Retford Little Theatre is pleased to annouce our 77th
Season of plays will open with the farce The Decorator
by Donald Churchill, and
with the acclaimed
play The Rise and Fall
of Little Voice by
The Matchmaker (Thornton Wilder), The Perfect Murder (Shaun McKenna) and Waylaid (David J Harrison) complete the season's line up.
Further details of all the plays in the
2017-18 season, including ticket information, can be found here.
The Season Brochure will be available for download here soon, but if you would like to complete the form on the Contact page, we'll post one to you as soon as it becomes available.