ALISON CROOSE West Acre River Studios
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The roof of the smart new performance space at West Acre was in serious danger of being raised by the rip-roaring hilarity of Alan Bennett's classic comedy.
Two years ago the company used this play with virtually the same cast to launch their al fresco season. It was an evening full of mirth.
So it was a great challenge to adapt the play for the weatherproof tent where productions are staged in the round.
There is no hiding place - but Peter Wilson's inspired direction ensured a slick entertainment in which every pithy line could be favoured at every nuance exploited. The cast relished Bennett's masterly gems, which came so thick and fast.
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- 3 Norwich firm part of growing number of businesses working four day weeks
- 4 Popular teacher, 55, died after falling down stairs, inquest hears
- 5 Teenager died of injuries six days after crash
- 6 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 7 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
- 8 John Lewis CCTV footage leads to Norwich gun arrests
- 9 A year on: Tributes to teacher who died following tumour diagnosis
- 10 1920s bungalow up for sale in one of the Broads' most sought-after villages
The space, adorned by only a rectangular carpet and two swivel chairs, worked extremely well for the production creating an intimate atmosphere, enhanced by light and sound effects, which totally absorbed the audience.
Peter Wilson set the standard playing the philandering doctor, with equally impressive performances from the rest of the cast, especially David Connor, Katherine Shaw, David Senton, Leah Spencer, Irma Fowler and not forgetting the inimitable Lesley Mardal.