Review: The Ladykillers
Starting life as an Ealing Comedy, The Ladykillers was adapted by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd)
for the stage in 2011, and is currently running at Retford Little Theatre.
The plot involves a group of criminals using a room in a little old lady’s house to plot a heist. The scene is set for something bordering between slapstick and farce. There
are many lines and set-pieces to make you laugh, but special mention goes to the scene with the cupboard. Perfect lines delivered brilliantly by all.
It was good to see the mix of cast members, which included old hands (too many to mention), newcomers Kevin and Daniel Pattenden, and more recent additions Maxine Goldstone and Angela Ingall. The latter has played only a few parts to date, but her performance – central to the story – was excellent.
Staging this play required a large cast, including significant support from back stage. Because there were a couple of scenes where several people were speaking at once, it wasn’t always clear what was being said. That may have been the intention, but I did find myself distracted by trying to make out the words. This is a minor observation, though, considering the scope and scale of the production.
The set was an intricate piece that showed yet again the creativity that goes on in the preparation. Incorporating
a living room, kitchen, bedroom and roof, sections shuddered and trembled every time a train passed.
It worked magnificently, but undoubtedly it only did so
in conjunction with a massive effort from the back-stage crew. You’d have to see it to understand why.
A challenging play to put on, it was, nevertheless, well executed. More importantly, listening to the audience comments at the interval, it’s clear they were enjoying it.
I also heard someone say at the end that the second half was better than the first, which echoed my own view.
The play just got better as it progressed.
The producer, Simon Cox, and his team have yet again demonstrated the wealth of talent at all levels within
Reviewed by Graeme Cumming
OUR NEXT PRODUCTION
Murdered to Death
by Peter Gordon
31st March to 8th April 2017, 7:30pm
From the author of Out of Focus comes this hilarious spoof of the
best Agatha Christie traditions, with an assembled cast of characters guaranteed to delight: Bunting the butler, an English Colonel with the prerequisite stiff upper lip, a shady French art dealer and his moll, bumbling local inspectors and a well meaning local sleuth who seems to attract murder - they’re all here, and all caught up in the side-splitting antics which follow the mysterious death of the owner of a country manor house. But will the murderer be unmasked before everyone else has met their doom, or will audiences die laughing first?
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