ALISON CROOSE Angles Theatre, Wisbech
Angles Theatre, Wisbech
Don't panic, Captain Mainwaring. Your platoon put on a jolly good show.
All the fun of the classic television comedy series written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft has been rekindled by Wisbech Players.
Four episodes - The Deadly Attachment, Mum's Army, The Godiva Affair and The Floral Dance - have been made available to amateur theatre groups.
The need for many scene and costume changes presents a serious challenge for a stage production and the opening night lacked pace and momentum. But wise casting resulted in excellent portrayals of the key characters - Capt Mainwaring (John May), Sgt Wilson (Dave Bailey), L/Cpl Jones (Mark Fearnley), Ptes Fraser, Walker, Godfrey and Pike (Karl Brittin, Jonathan Sloane, Ron Thurston and Chris Clifton).
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- 3 Delays expected with A47 to close in both directions for 15 miles
- 4 Family 'increasingly concerned' about missing Beccles woman
- 5 Man had cocaine hidden in car when stopped by police
- 6 Here are the new Covid travel rules which begin today
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- 8 Chef reopens historic Norwich coffee shop with roasts on the menu too
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With a good set and appropriate second world war recordings of words and music to set the scene, director Barbara Mews ensured the performance captured the atmosphere of the well-intentioned but blundering Home Guard and enabled the humour to be appreciated anew.
A large contingent of supporting characters, especially Valerie Standen as Mrs Gray, added to the enjoyment and the four storylines culminated in a suitably enthusiastic and comic rendering of the Floral Dance.