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Review: The Decorator

The Decorator is a classic English farce with a plot,
courtesy of actor and playwright Donald Churchill,
that promises to keep the audience on the edge of
their seat and their bellies ready for a good old laugh.

Producer Joan Young, managed to provide the audience with a great evening of entertainment; a fun story with physical humour in abundance, good comic actors and technical aspects which ensured everything looked and sounded fitting.

The play is set in an upper-class London flat during one
day in August 1985 and as I always find to be the case
at The Little Theatre, the set and the attention to detail, depicted this very well. My only criticism of the set design
is that quite often the furniture got in the way of the
action; there were too many big moments acted out behind the sofa!

Apart from this however, I really enjoyed performances from all three cast members: Sarah Woodwards who played Marcia, the adulterous wife who desperately
needed to hide her infidelity; Mark Thornton, who
played Walter, the decorator himself, who we later
discover is an actor as a very convenient side line and Stephanie Lee who played Jane, the wife of Marcia’s
secret lover, who arrives to spill the beans.

The pace and humour passed between these three
actors expertly and I felt in very good hands as I
watched the plot unfold.

Highlights for me included Marcia’s reaction to her ‘new’ husband’s moustache, Walter’s Othello speech in his affected actor’s voice and Jane’s seduction of said
‘new’ husband.

I know how difficult it is to make lighting look naturalistic while still lighting the actors favourably, so, hats off to
Peter Round and Stephen Walker for achieving this.
Also, the sound provided by David Cox and Dean
Woolley was seamless and I loved the piano music;
I was convinced at first that Marcia really was playing
the piano!

Well done too to the stage management team;
I appreciate all the work that goes on behind the scenes
to make a show go smoothly, and smooth it was.

Overall, The Decorator provided a good night’s entertainment as proven by the audience, who
were laughing and chuckling all the way through.


Reviewed by Victoria Evans


The Decorator
by Donald Churchill

Fri 29th September to Fri 6th October 2017, 7:30pm

Marcia returns to her flat to find it has not been painted as she arranged. A part time painter who is filling in for an ill colleague is just beginning the work when the wife of the
man with whom Marcia is having an affair arrives to tell all
to Marcia's husband. Marcia hires the painter a part time
actor to impersonate her husband at the confrontation. Hilarity is piled upon hilarity as the painter, who takes his acting very seriously, portrays the absent husband. The wronged wife decides that the best revenge is to sleep
with Marcia's husband an ecstatic experience for them both. When Marcia learns that the painter/actor has slept with her rival, she demands the opportunity to show him what really good sex is

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Play readings to cast the third play of the season,
The Perfect Murder by Shaun McKenna, will take place in
the theatre lounge on Monday 16th and Thursday 19th October 2017 at 7:30pm.

Parts available:
  - one male and one female middle-aged couple
  - one male, slightly older
  - one female, 20s/30s, Eastern European accent required
  - one male, 30s/40s, detective

Scripts will be available during the run of The Decorator.


2017-2018 Season

Retford Little Theatre is pleased to annouce our 77th
Season of plays will open with the farce The Decorator
by Donald Churchill, and will conclude with the acclaimed
play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright.

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.