9:50am Thursday 17th May 2012
By Anne Waggott
BUDDING playwright Sue goes on a solo holiday to a run-down caravan site, but her peaceful holiday is blighted by her new – thankfully temporary – neighbours.
Lorna Matthews-Keel was excellent as shrewish, busybody Mary with a natural aptitude for this type of comedy; she was well supported by Peter Kelly as her bumbling, well-meaning husband, Neville (every camp site has a Neville!).
James Paterson and Laura Jasper were well matched as sparring couple Tony and Jenny, Martha Bedford’s understated performance as Sue was a very naturalistic performance and Samantha Pearce was passionate as Mary’s belittled sister, Liz.
Despite a few minor stumbles, this was an essentially well-paced, lighthearted domestic comedy, with very good direction, great attention to detail, lovely visual comic touches and lively characterizations that were well cast. The scenery ideally portrayed the caravan site, creative lighting assisted with creating the atmosphere, and sound effects resonated from the appropriate area of the stage.
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