Review: Bothered and Bewildered

Bothered and Bewildered is described by its writer as a ‘comedy drama’; in fact, it is a clear exposé of the devastation of dementia – the bewilderment of the sufferer and the effect on the family – and that makes for a tragic story with some comic relief. This is a very challenging play, and Keri Duffy, who has not produced at the theatre before, has risen to the challenge splendidly. A word of warning; this is not for the faint-hearted. To those who have had experience of dementia it will be sadly familiar; those who have not will find it thought-provoking, even scary. Dementia is a major problem of our age. Read more…

Review: Stepping Out

The comedy Stepping Out by Richard Harris is about a group of working-class amateurs with inhibitions and two left feet. I have nothing but praise for every part of the production and I know from the reaction of the audience, that everyone felt the same. This show would not have been complete without the clever dance routines, choreographed by Betty Teanby and finally, of course, huge congratulations to producer Liz Williams for expert direction, casting and producing such a feel-good show for such a wonderful occasion. Read more…

Review: Fondly Remembered

Gareth Armstrong’s Fondly Remembered features four former colleagues, all theatricals, who meet to arrange the memorial service of a recently deceased, once very close, colleague of whom they have mixed memories. Despite its dark subject matter, the play is actually quite light-hearted with the relationships and back-stories between these old friends at the forefront of the action. I say action, but this is in fact a play that is more about the words and the slow unfolding of the characters’ mishaps, misdemeanours and memories. Read more…

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