Review: Whisky Galore, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Whisky Galore's Alicia McKenzie and Joey Parsad. Picture: JOEL CHESTER FILDES

Whisky Galore's Alicia McKenzie and Joey Parsad. Picture: JOEL CHESTER FILDES - Credit: Joel Chester Fildes

A seven-strong cast conjure up 26 characters in the fast-moving comedy Whisky Galore at Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal. Robert Wright reports.

This joint touring production by the Oldham Coliseum, Hull Truck and New Vic Theatres - running until Saturday June 9 - provided an exciting evening of fabulous acting. It is based on a true story of two Scottish communities deprived of their lifeblood of whisky during the Second World War. Fortune comes their way when they try to recover 50,000 cases of whisky from a wrecked cargo vessel.

It soon becomes a great farce, with the seven-strong cast playing all 26 characters.

Isabel Ford was tremendous as the officious Waggett yet proved equally riveting as the flirty Annag.

The audience were subject to 'searches' by the officials looking for the contraband liquor, which just added to the hilarity of the occasion.


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This was a fast-moving and fun entertainment, which included Paddy the dog who is cheeky, loveable and sometimes smelly!

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