Wonderful work deserves our support

Last updated 14:50 16/11/2012
PERFORMERS: Emma Schwass, left, and Sarah O’Connell dress as a lobster and chicken to promote the Nelson Repertory Theatre One Act Play Festival.

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REVIEW: Nelson Repertory Theatre – One Act Plays. Week 2; November 15, 16 & 17 at 7pm. Theatre Royal. Reviewed by Judith Ritchie.

The red curtain went up in the Theatre Royal last night and we were off to a great start with The Ladybirds, the first of three one-act plays, performed by the Nelson Repertory Theatre.

A believable story, reflective of many small town drama groups with dwindling numbers, was played well by the five cast members. Add the flamboyant Francesca, played by Emma Schwass, a convincing hot- blooded Spanish director, who gets the group to perform her own play. The clever dialogue between cast, spurred on by a passionate Francesca, leads to an interesting but highly plausible result when coming up against small-town conservatism.

Sharks in the Custard takes a poke at modern art through the eyes of the cleaning staff. A stack of empty tins, worth thousands, are part of an abstract art exhibition in a large art gallery, but what's it really all about? With a thick Scottish accent, Liz, played by Allison Cormack, works convincingly with Vera, played by Sally-Ann Grant, to draw us into their world of the lowly paid, unappreciated and domestically unhappy. Mair, played by Barbara Lloyd, uses an ingenious idea to turn the situation around whilst taking another dig at the world of modern art; clever and well delivered.

Chook Chook takes a humorous look at a serious subject, while using a simple but bold set in combination with fabulous costumes to draw the audience into the world of battery hens. Each character does a brilliant job of depicting human-type reactions to such confinement. The ending is great. Still two more shows, so make the most of our local talent by supporting these wonderful actors.

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