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Habeas Corpus, RAODS, The Plaza Theatre, Romsey
AT JUST over two hours, including interval, this was a compact, fast moving comedy in the broad, picture postcard farce mode.
A twisting tale of lechery, misunderstandings and deceit, Alan Bennett’s play is a classic farce tempered with his dry northern wit.
Making a virtue of a largely uncluttered stage with a few key props, director Georgette Ellison maintained the action at a lively pace and enlivened the proceedings with some strong set pieces and good use of the auditorium space and lighting.
The characters were drawn with as broad brush strokes as the humour.
While the cast had varying experience of acting in comedy, they gelled well as a company.
Meriel Shepherd gave a droll turn as the busybody everywoman and narrator Mrs Swabb. Matthew Ellison had a suitably louche air as Dr Arthur Wicksteed, and Clare Groome was regal and crisply comical as his wife Muriel.
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