The Bandwagon - performed May 1988
By Terence Frisby
Performed with the kind permission of
Director -dennis Murfitt
Cast(in order of appearance)
Production TeamVal Taylor, Viv Wheatley, Jude Hussey, Jenny Rollings, Greg Garrad, Dennis Murfitt, Bruce Emeny, Maurice Barber, Alison Brett, Jenny Glayzer, Patience Ling, Viv Wheatley, and other volunteers not mentioned.
The PlayThe Bandwagon by Terrence Frisby, an hilarious comedy set in the 1960s, revolved around the trials and tribulations of family life.
ReviewsWhen Aurora Botterill finds herself expecting quins and attracts the attention of the media, the Bandwagon of the title starts to roll – with everyone trying to climb aboard the gravy train. Terence Frisby’s no-holds-barred comedy is by way of being a prototype for TV’s Till Death Us Do Part. It is rude, crude and in Dennis Murfitt’s uproarious production, screamingly funny.
Significantly, it is the women in the audience who are gripped in the biggest convulsion of mirth but despite one of two dull patches, the action generally bubbles along with the small stage for once working in favour of some hilarious overcrowding.
All the family are first-rate. Tracy Amoss plays the naďve, withdrawn Aurora with deft detail that finds touching
expression in her duologue with Viv Wheatley’s gushing, false-faced agony-aunt.
Cathy O’Neill, graduated with innumerable honours from Harwich Youth Theatre, is a splendid contrast as her equally
pregnant married sister Lorraine, a voice that set the teeth on edge. Val Taylor’s timing as the similarly
heavy-with-child Mother demonstrates vividly just why she is one of the foremost actresses in the area.
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