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Puss in Boots, Copythorne Amateur Theatrical Society, Copythorne Village Hall
THIS certainly wasn’t Dickens, with several patchy performances, but it was still great entertainment from a cast obviously determined to enjoy themselves.
Ad-libs regularly replaced the script and the personality of the cast won the day.
Central to this was John Dovey, as Hastings, often working as a double-act with prompt Barbara Pegler, and keeping the audience in stitches.
Looking like a cross between Worzel Gummidge and Frank Zappa, at one stage reading his lines from inside his tricorn hat!
Rebecca Stenson was an impressive Puss, Alan Catt was good value as Dame Cornflower, Carol Archer and Penny Cannons were lively knockabouts Scratch and Sniff and Meredith Littleton attracted the boos as King Rat.
Set, costumes, music and lighting (particularly the thunder and lightning) were good and directors Steve and Tracy Davis deserve a pat on the back for enlisting the Forest School of Dance.