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by Alan Ayckbourn
Lazenby STUART GLOSSOP
THE cast of RolePlay, the latest production by Wimborne Drama, embraced their parts convincingly, each appearing to wear the mantle of their adopted personas with ease and comfort.
The third in a trilogy isn't the strongest play from the pen of Alan Ayckbourn, but it is popular with local societies, and was staged by Ferndown last year. Like so many of the comedies produced by the prolific Ayckbourn, it is set at a dinner party destined to go from uneasy to disaster.
Justin Lazenby (Stuart Glossop) and Julie-Ann Jobson, his fiancee (Boo Feltham), are preparing to entertain his mother and her gentleman friend, and her parents, when their party is gatecrashed by an ex lap dancer and her gun toting minder.
Playing a drunk is no easy task, and it is all the more credit to Jan Singfield that she managed to totter and slur so convincingly as Justin's mother, as she had spent two months in rehearsal for the part of the servile Dee Jobson.
The role of Mrs Jobson was taken over by Jean Dishington, who being petite in stature, was a perfect foil for her stage husband Derek, played by Jeremy Austin, a tall actor whose expression can go from lugubrious to animated in seconds.
Penny Pearson clearly enjoyed her role as the ex-dancer Paige Petite, as did Graham Hawkins with his portrayal of minder Micky Rale.
Wimborne Drama have the support of local businesses, as items for the set were supplied by Kitchen Style of Wimbome, Sturtons and Tappers and Stewarts Gardens Centre. Kellie Shemilt produced the original artwork for the riverside night skyline.
Marilyn Ayres, The Community Magazine
THEY say you can choose your friends but not your family. So it was with some nervousness that Justin and Julie prepared a dinner party that included Julie's parents and Justin's mother.
All was running reasonably smoothly until the arrival of two unexpected guests from upstairs and then the fun began.
The larger than life Garden Centre owner Derek Jobson (Jeremy Austin) and his long-suffering wife Dee (Jean Dishington) made a good comedy team.
The apple of their eye Julie-Ann was demurely played by Boo Feltham but the character suffered because at times she was too quiet that we missed a lot of her funny lines.
As Justin's mother, Arabella, Jan Singfield was a delightfully drunken upper-class lady and had some of the best lines in the play.
Penny Pearson's mouthy tart Paige Petite was just right and had some dance moves that would grace any lap dancing club.
Trying to hold the whole evening together as everything began to fall apart was Justin extremely well played by Stuart Glossop with all the confusion and desperation he could muster.
The play lacked pace and energy to begin with but gained momentum as the action progressed and was an enjoyable evening.
Michael Leigh, Daily Echo
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