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2004 - Christmas Show....

 

WHEELS AND DEALS

"Wheels and Deals"

Blakeney Players - Blakeney Village Hall

 Blakeney Players, this year, decided to forsake their traditional pantomine in favour of a fast moving revue, produced by Peter Franklin and with written contributions by no fewer than six of their members, entitled "Wheels and Deals"

 All the elements of traditional revue were present in fourteen separate cameo performances ranging from highly choreographed musical numbers to well acted sketches and amusing monologues but the highlights were undoubtedly the show's opening and closing numbers which featured virtually the whole cast and which bore the stamp of Marjorie Davies' highly professional choreography. However from the opening bars of The Trolley Song and Chatanooga Choo Choo (Wheels) to the closing reprise featuring songs from Guys 'N' Dolls (Deals) there was something for everyone.

 In a topical and original sketch Pooh Curtis and Morris Arthur played a pair of amusing green and grey wheely bins, Richard Newton and Janet Harcourt exchanged some Norfolk yarns, Peter Franklin auctioned off the one remaining hospital bed to the most seriously ill bidder and Sue Andrews proved to be Joyce Grenfell's equal as Alan Bennett's neurotic driving instructor. Some of the larger sketches were more successful than others and the lack of an obvious punchline was a problem at times but the most successful and original musical sketch entitled "Shopping Trolley Shopping Trolley" opened the second half of the show and, because of the whole hearted enthusiasm of Martin Scott, was almost  worth the admission money alone.

 A special word of appreciation to both the props and the wardrobe departments as the scenery and the costumes seem to get better each year. The cast obviously love performing, the mainly local audience love watching and for those who have not yet seen the show the final performance is this evening at 8 p.m.

 Martin Braybrook